Flavio Maluf is a Brazilian business executive and entrepreneur. He is the current head of Eucatex Group for the last three decades. Now in his mid-50s, Flavio is the husband to his wife of 31 years- Jacqueline de Lourdes Coutinho Torres. The couple resides in Sao Paulo together with their three children.
Flavio’s Early Life
Flavio Maluf is a professional mechanical engineer. He is an alumnus of Sao Paulo’s most prestigious institution of higher learning, Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP). So as to sharpen his managerial and business administration skills, Flavio left Brazil for the United States after graduating from FAAP. While in the U.S, he worked briefly as an administrator before enrolling for a one-year administration course at the New York University. In 1986, he returned to Brazil to take up a role as a trade executive for Eucatex Group a year later.
Career at Eucatex
Flavio’s hard work and diligence in his job impressed the management board of Eucatex, and within a few years, he was moved to the company’s industrial department. In 1996, he was incorporated into the executive arm of the business, following a decade of excellence. While in the executive, he took a keen interest in understanding how the company operated. Being a fast learner and an intelligent team leader, it took him slightly over a year to convince the company’s leadership that he was ripe for the presidency. He was appointed as president towards the end of 1997.
For three decades now, Flavio has been focusing on modernizing operations at Eucatex Group as a way of making it competitive. The highlight of his tenure is his hands-on leadership, which has made operations in the company more efficient. According to him, being hands-on doesn’t make him a micro-manager. He gives his staff room to innovate and experiment, all to the benefit of the company.
As a way of endearing Eucatex Group to the immediate community, Flavio Maluf participates in community empowerment programs and philanthropy. He is a leading donor to Maternidade Idio Carli Hospital.
A Brief History of Eucatex
Eucatex Group was established in 1951 as a plates and panels production company. Its name was derived from the act of using eucalyptus as the raw material for its products. The company opened its first manufacturing plant, Chapas Unit, in Sao Paulo in 1954.