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Paulo Pragana

Algés, Lisboa, Portugal

My name is Paulo Pragana and I am from Portugal. I am 48 years old and married with a son and daughter. More than happy to share more than 25 years of diverse executive experience in different industries, roles, geographies and business agendas acting in a context of high complexity prior, during and after the financial crisis.

Hoping that my experience shall help several mentees who are now starting or consolidating their individual careers, especially for those who admire such a great company called General Electric, where I spent almost 19 years. 🙂

Your’s faithfully



6 Sessions for $ 900
12 Sessions for $ 1800

Banking & Finance (also see Investment Banking & Financial Services)
Financial Services (also see Banking & Finance)
Import and Export
Management Consultancy, Advisory & Support Services
Professional Development
Retail (incl sporting goods, luxury goods & jewellery)

Education: Post Graduation in Management ( Enterprise Governance) at AESE Business School, an extension of IESE, University of Navarra Degree in management

Languages: Portuguese native, english & spanish

Please refer to the linkedin profile.

Current Company: Arval - BNP Paribas Group

Current Position: Country Manager

Experience Description: Please refer to the linkedin profile which includes: * Country Manager - Arval - BNP Paribas Group (Nov 2015 – Dec 2016) In November 2015, GE Capital Fleet Services announced the business sale for Element Arval Global Alliance, BNP Paribas, domain. Reporting directly to the Arval Portugal Managing Director. * Managing Director | Operations | Procurement | Business Development - GE Capital (Nov 2015 – Dec 2016) Proactively seeking a new professional challenge, as a company executive leader or business unit leader or even as a functional director of the following areas: i) Operations; ii) Buying / Procurement; or iii) Sales / Business Development. * Country Manager - GE Capital (Dec 2007 – Nov 2015) In 2008, due to a Group strategic move, the GE Money new business activity was discontinued. Consequently, all my functions were totally transferred to the GE Capital Fleet Services business. As a reflexion of this decision, the JV partners agreed to liquidate the Joint Venture - Millennium bcp renting, which was participated by GE Capital Portugal (50%). Team leader of 40 employees, ensuring the responsibility of the company back-office which included, direct & indirect sourcing, vehicles orders & deliveries management, vehicles maintenance, vehicles contracts terminations, vehicles insurance, collections and vehicles remarketing. This functions were also applicable to the Joint Venture - Millennium bcp renting, during the liquidation process of this company. Reporting directly to the GE Capital Regional Director, based in London, UK. * Procurement & Productivity Director - GE Capital (May 2003 – Dec 2007) Team leader of 3 direct reports having the total responsibility of the planning, coordination and execution of the company short, medium and long term direct & indirect sourcing strategy. Reporting directly to the CFO (common to both legal entities) | Reporting directly to the Managing Director from 2007, onwards. * International Sourcing Manager - Jerónimo Martins (Jan 2000 – May 2003) Team leader with 3 direct reports embracing the responsibility over all “Food” and “Non Food” direct imports for the group badges Pingo Doce, Feira Nova, Recheio (Portugal), Poland and Brazil. Reporting directly to the International Sourcing Director.

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Executive with robust leadership experience, acting in several B2B activity sectors such as audit, consulting, banking, retailing and specialized financing, in highly demanding contexts and competitive environments.

Great negotiation experience, domestic and international, acquired as Key Account, International Sourcing Manager, Procurement Director, Operations Director and Country Manager. Pragmatic and resilient leader, results oriented and totally focused in the business and human capital development balancing assertive leadership and emotional intelligence promoted throughout the various professional stages, in multinationals like KPMG and General Electric, and in great relevance Portuguese groups like, Jerónimo Martins or Millennium bcp. Prooved and uncommon full cycle business experience within GE, combining different business agendas, before, during and after the financial crisis (2008). Completed a postgraduate course (PADE – Programa Alta Direcção de Empresas), at AESE Business School, an extension of IESE, University of Navarra


Comment from MentorSelector:

We are delighted to welcome Mr Pragana to MentorSelector. For a full overview of Mr Pragana’s exceptional experience, please refer to the LinkedIn link for further information – which includes:

  • Country Manager – Arval – BNP Paribas Group
  • Managing Director – Operations, Business Development, Procurement – GE Capital
  • Country Manager – GE Capital

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