Brazilian-born Francisco Wenceslau Moreira Filho serves as executive vice-president, finance for U.S. Zinc. He oversees accounting, finance, treasure, strategic planning, risk management, performance analysis, taxation and information technology. Since joining the company in October 2009, Moreira has worked to enhance internal controls, improve the quality of financial statements and make the process through which the company manages zinc metal price variation risk on its inventories more efficient. On top of this, he also led an important project, which defined the company’s strategic options for growth on a worldwide basis in the coming years, with management team support.
Moreira has spent the majority of his 25-year financial career in the manufacturing and zinc industries. Prior to joining U.S. Zinc, he spent three years at Acerias Paz del Rio S.A., a steel maker and mining house in Colombia. Among his accomplishments as the executive vice-president of finance and administration, he developed and implemented a tax planning project to convert the company in a duty-free zone, generating a gain of nearly $300 million to shareholders.
He also spent three years at U.S. Zinc’s affiliate company, Votorantim Metais, one of the five largest zinc producers in the world, as a corporate controller, and four years at Preformed Line Products of Brazil as the financial and administrative director. In this latter role, Moreira decreased direct material purchase prices by 20 percent and improved cost systems. Earlier in his career, Moreira held financial positions with Mapri-Textron, Banco Mercantil do Brasil S.A. and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Moreira’s vast career has allowed him to hone his technical, analytical and interpersonal skills, all of which are critical to management and overall business administration. His history of working with a variety of companies in different countries gives him the ability to uniquely understand different cultures. In fact, he is tri-lingual, speaking English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Moreira earned a bachelor’s of economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica and a master’s degree of finance from Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais. He also holds a proficiency certificate in marketing and a master’s degree of business law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, and he completed the CEO management program at ADEN Business School, in partnership with Harvard Business School.