Alvean is managed by a team of four senior executives who bring a wealth of experience to the joint venture. Read more about the backgrounds of CEO Ivo Sarjanovic, COO Soren Hoed Jensen, CFO Stefano Tonti and CRO Jacques Gillaux 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 – Luis Roberto Pogetti until 2016.
Ivo Sarjanovic is Alvean’s Chief Executive Officer. He is an Argentine/Italian citizen and holds a degree in Economic Sciences from the National University of Rosario. Mr. Sarjanovic also completed executive studies at the IMD in Lausanne, Oxford University in England and Harvard in Boston, and was a PhD candidate in Economics at New York University. He joined Cargill in 1989 as a merchant in the Grain and Oilseeds business in Argentina. After working in Rosario, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, he moved to Geneva in 1993 and held different trading positions. Having served as the World Soybeans Trading Manager since 2001, Mr. Sarjanovic was promoted to Business Unit Leader of Grains and Oilseeds covering Africa and the Middle East in 2007. In 2011 he was appointed the Business Unit Leader for Cargill Sugar worldwide. Mr. Sarjanovic also lectures at the University of Geneva in the Master of Trading and Shipping program.
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.
Jacques Gillaux is Alvean’s Chief Risk Officer. He is a French/Brazilian citizen and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from ESCP in Paris, Oxford and Dusseldorf.
In 1984, Jacques Gillaux started his career at Cargill, working within the Grain and Oilseeds sector, in France. From 1985 through to 1994, he held various trading roles within Cargill International, in Geneva. Whilst working in Agricultural Commodities and Petroleum, he became a World Soybeans Trading Manager. In 1994, he moved to Sao Paulo in Brazil, to work as a Trading Manager for the Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia Grain and Oilseeds Business Unit. Upon returning to Geneva in mid-2001, Mr Gillaux founded the Cargill Investment Group, a startup commodity hedge fund, before becoming a Global Trading Manager for the Sugar and Ethanol Business Unit in 2003. Leaving Cargill after 26 years, Mr Gillaux then joined Noble Group for 2 years as the Global Head of Grain and Oilseeds. He later worked at Louis Dreyfus Commodities from the end of 2012 to December 2015, where he held the position of Global Head for the Sugar and Juices Platforms. He joined Alvean in June 2016.