Flavio Maluf is the CEO of Eucatex Group, a company his grandfather started in 1951. Maluf has been with the company for more than 30 years. A graduate of Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation in São Paulo, Brazil, he also spent a year at New York University studying business administration. Flavio Maluf is also a mechanical engineer and attorney. As president of the GrandFood Group, he is also a very successful entrepreneur. During the more than 30 years he has spent at Eucatex, he has been behind many of the visionary moves the company has made.
Flavio Maluf did not start at the top of Eucatex, even though his family owned the company since its founding. Instead, in 1987 he was hired to work in the company’s trade section. He remained there until 1996 when he was transferred to the industrial division. Working his way up through the ranks of the company earned him the respect of the entire staff. When he was made a company executive and finally Eucatex president, everyone agreed he had earned it. Since that time he has modernized the company, restructured its management format and made it one of the most successful in Brazil.
Maluf is credited with leading the company’s efforts at environmental protection in Brazil by starting an environment education program, replenishing the eucalyptus forests from the company gets its raw materials, using environmentally sustainable production methods and collaborating with conservation groups. He also expanded Eucatex’s international markets, opened a new plant in the town of Salto in São Paulo and has helped make it a major player in the construction and furniture industries. All of this has been of great benefit to Brazilians and the country’s economy.
A committed philanthropist, Flavio Maluf also participates in many volunteer efforts and charity events to benefit the local community. One of the most important has been his work with the Hospital and Maternity Idio Carli. Not only has Flavio Maluf helped to make Eucatex a major player in international business, his environmental work and support for local social programs has made Eucatex beloved in Brazil.