Fersen Lambranho is a Brazilian engineer and entrepreneur, as well as the chairman of GP Investments. GP Investments is a leading investment firm throughout Latin America. Founded in 1993, GP Investments is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, with offices in São Paulo, Brazil, Zurich, Switzerland, and New York City, USA.
Born in Rio de Janiero in 1961, Lambranho earned a bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Instituto de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Administração (COPPEAD-UFRJ). Lambranho also completed the Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Lambranho worked for 12 years for Lojas Americanas, where he was a board member from 1998 to 2003.
Joining GP Investments in 1998, Lambranho became its managing director a year later. In 2003, Lambranho and partner Antonio Bonchristiano took control of the company; the two finished complete acquisition of GP Investments in 2004. Since taking control, Lambranho has seen GP Investments raise more private equity funds, as well as increase real estate and infrastructure investments. Lambranho’s main role for GP Investments is finding new deals, while Bonchristiano focuses on relationships with foreign partners and fundraising.
Currently, Lambranho also serves on the boards of Centauro, BHG, BRZ Investimentos and GP Advisors, and has served as chairman of the boards of Oi, Contax, Gafisa, and ABC Supermercados. Companies Lambranho has also previously served on the boards of include BRMalls, San Antonio, Estácio, Allis, Tele Norte Leste Participações, São Carlos Empreendimentos e Participações, Playcenter, Shoptime, Farmasa, BR Properties, and Americanas.com.
Lambranho’s other achievements include serving on the board of several non-profit entities, such as the committee of the Prêmio IP Capital Partners de Arte (PIPA). PIPA’s purpose is to award and recognize established Brazilian art talent. Other non-profit boards Lambranho serves on include those for Fundação Bienal de São Paulo and COPPEAD-UFRJ. Lambranho and his wife Paloma Lambranho also co-founded the non-profit group Patronos da Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. Lambranho also serves as a mentor to new entrepreneurs as a part of Endeavor, a New York City-based non-profit that works to increase entrepreneurship in over 20 countries. In November 2014, Lambranho was invited to Endeavor’s Brazil CEO Summit to speak about business relationships with investors.