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Management Team

David Vélez
David Vélez Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

David Vélez Osorno is our Founder, the chairman of our board of directors and our chief executive officer. Before founding Nu in 2013, David was a partner at Sequoia Capital between January 2011 and March 2013, in charge of the firm’s Latin American investments group. Before Sequoia, David worked in investment banking and growth equity at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and General Atlantic. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Science and Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from Stanford University.

Youssef Lahrech
Youssef Lahrech Chief Operating Officer (COO) & President

Youssef Lahrech has been our President since August 2022, and Chief Operating Officer since 2020. He reports directly to the CEO, and is responsible for running the company day to day, including the performance of products, platforms, marketing and country operations, as well as corporate functions. Before joining us in 2020, he spent 19 years at Capital One helping build and grow businesses in Canada and the United States, serving in a number of roles involving product, analytics, risk, and technology. He holds a degree in Mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique and a degree in Engineering from the École des Ponts ParisTech, both in France, as well as a Master’s in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Cristina Junqueira
Cristina Junqueira Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer (CGO)

Cristina Helena Zingaretti Junqueira is our Co-Founder and since August 2022 she has held the position of Chief Growth Officer. As one of our co-founders, she has held various roles and currently has a global leadership role in marketing and communications and is responsible for operations and growth strategies in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. Cristina started her career in strategic consulting, working at BCG (Boston Consulting Group) and before founding Nu in 2013, she worked for several years at Itaú Unibanco S.A. with consumer credit, card products and marketing. She was the first woman to be visibly pregnant on the cover of a Brazilian business magazine. She was also the only Brazilian to appear in the 2020 edition of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International and in the Fortune 40 under 40, which recognizes young leaders who are transforming the business world. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the Escola Politécnica of the University of São Paulo and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Elita Vechin Pastorelo Ariaz
Elita Vechin Pastorelo Ariaz Chief Legal Officer (CLO)

Elita Vechin Pastorelo Ariaz is our Chief Legal Officer (CLO), a position she has held since February 2024. Between 2018 and 2023, Elita was the director responsible for legal support for commercial operations (wholesale and retail) at Banco Santander, later assuming the position of Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Ombudsman. Between 2002 and 2018, she was responsible for the Legal Department at Banco Safra, holding various positions, including leading the legal department of the Investment Banking division of the asset manager and leading the legal department of the group’s international operations. In addition, Elita worked for several years as a foreign lawyer at Cameron & Hornbostel LLP in Washington, DC, USA and as an associate at Lebouf, Lamb, Greene, and MacRae, LLP in New York, NY, USA, focusing on corporate finance. Elita holds a Bachelor degree in Law from the University of São Paulo, an LL.M. from Temple University in Pennsylvania, USA, and a Special Program in Corporate Finance from New York University, USA. She is a member of the Brazilian and New York BAR Associations.

Guilherme Lago
Guilherme Lago Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Guilherme Marques do Lago is our Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since February 2021, and served as our vice president of finance from March 2019 to February 2021. From April 2006 to March 2019, he served in various positions at the Credit Suisse Group AG, including as managing director in its investment banking group. He also previously worked at McKinsey & Company from 2005 to 2006. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Henrique Fragelli
Henrique Fragelli Chief Risk Officer (CRO)

Henrique Camossa Saldanha Fragelli is our Chief Risk Officer, a position he has held since 2018. He is responsible for our financial and non-financial risks. He is in charge of all our risk related activities, including credit risk, market and liquidity risk, stress testing, model risk, operational and IT risk, conduct risk, and anti-money laundering teams. Before joining us in 2018, he was the global head of traded portfolio analytics at HSBC Bank PLC, based in London, from August 2015 to June 2018 and the head of traded risk analytics for Latin America at HSBC Brasil S.A. from July 2013 to August 2015. He also worked at WestLB as a risk director, based in London, from April 2012 to July 2013 and for LCH.Clearnet from October 2007 to April 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Universidade de São Paulo and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris).

Jagpreet Duggal
Jagpreet Duggal Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Jagpreet Singh Duggal is our Chief Product Officer, a position he has held since 2020. Prior to joining us, he worked at several companies, including as a director of product management at Facebook from May 2018 to January 2020, senior vice president at Quantcast Corporation from June 2011 to March 2018 and several roles at Google from 2006 to 2011 including Head of strategy for the Google Display business and product leader for Google’s Brand advertising business. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.

Livia Martines Chanes
Livia Martines Chanes Brazil Chief Executive Officer (CEO Brazil)

Livia Martines Chanes is the Chief Executive Officer for Brazil, a position she has held since January 22, 2024, responsible for the company’s Brazilian Operations. She started at Nubank in 2020 as Vice President of products. Before that, the executive worked at Banco Itaú in multiple technology driven businesses from 2015 until 2020, and at McKinsey consulting from 2005 until 2015, as a partner in the São Paulo office. She holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from the Escola Politécnica of the University of São Paulo and a Master’s degree from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris. She also holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Suzana Kubric
Suzana Kubric Chief of Human Resources Officer

Suzana Kubric is our Vice President of People and Culture since December 2022. From March 2021 until November 2022 she held the position of Vice President of HR Business Partners. Before joining Nu, she served several leadership positions in Human Resources in companies of different segments, such as Human Resources Director Latin America and D&I Champion at Kantar IBOPE Media (Ibope pesquisa de midia LTDA) from February 2017 until March 2021, HR Integration Lead & Talent Management Head – Europe and Americas for Consumer Business – at GSK Consumer Health (Glaxosmithkline Brasil LTDA) from November 2015 until Jan 2017, HR Head at OTC Latam and OTC Mercosul, HR Business Partner at Pharma, Finance and Marketing Support and Talent Management Head at Novartis Biociencias S.A from January 2007 until October 2015, Human Resources Manager at Associação Civil Greenpeace from May 2005 until May 2006, Regional Human Resources Coordinator at CoE Learning & Development, and Human Resources Analyst and Intern at Food Division at Unilever Brasil Industrial Ltda. from November 1999 until April 2015. Mrs. Kubric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado – FAAP and a Master’s in Business Administration from Florida International University.

Vitor Olivier
Vitor Olivier Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Vitor Guarino Olivier is our Chief Technology Officer since December 2022, and he also holds a position of Head of Global Platforms since March 2023, in addition to the Chief Technology Officer position. Before, he was our Chief People Officer since February 2022. From December 2019 to January 2022, he served as our vice president of operations and platforms. From March 2019 to March 2020, he served as our vice president of consumers. From August 2016 to March 2019, he served as the general manager of our digital account products. From April 2014 to August 2016, he led our core financial services engineering team. Prior to joining us, he held positions in wealth management, credit, and foreign exchange at Banco BTG Pactual S.A. from August 2011 to March 2014. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.