Alvean is managed by a team of three senior executives who bring a wealth of experience to the joint venture. Read more about the backgrounds of CEO Gareth Griffiths, COO Soren Hoed Jensen and CFO Stefano Tonti on this page.
In addition, the Board of Directors regularly reviews strategy and business plans and ensures Alvean operates according to the highest ethical standards. The board is composed of an equal number of members from each parent company and is led by a rotating Chairman – Luiz Antonio Pretti until 2018.
Gareth Griffiths is Alvean’s Chief Executive Officer. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Griffiths has a long and successful track record leading global commercial and trading activities in international organizations. He has a strong entrepreneurial pedigree and experience in building high-performing businesses and delivering profitable growth. His previous roles include senior management positions at Essent Energy Trading and E.ON Group, and most recently at Noble Group where, as a member of the Executive Committee, he was Co-Head of the global energy platform, with responsibility for growing the firm’s business and developing global opportunities in various product areas.
Mr Griffiths holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Winnipeg, Canada and undertook graduate studies in statistics and econometrics at the University of Winnipeg and Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Soren Hoed Jensen is Alvean’s Chief Operating Officer. A Danish citizen, Mr. Jensen holds a degree in Economics and has a market oriented post-graduate degree from Brazil. In 1991, he joined Louis Dreyfus in São Paulo and worked mainly in the Orange Juice business, where he was responsible for all non- US sales and risk management activities. Mr. Jensen moved to Copersucar in 2005, originally handling exports. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for all trading and sales activities for sugar and ethanol across domestic and export markets.
Stefano Tonti is Alvean’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Tonti is a Swiss citizen and holds a degree in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Geneva as well as a degree in Finance and Accounting from Ifage. He started his career at Cargill in 1986 as a Futures/Options Administrator in Geneva before taking on various finance and accounting positions within the company. In 1997 Mr. Tonti relocated to Minneapolis as the U.S. Sugar Controller. Two years later he returned to Geneva to become the Business Controller for Cargill’s petroleum business. He took on several Business Controller roles and was appointed Regional Controller for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in 2011, including the global sugar business.