Patrice Etlin joined Advent International, a global private equity firm with operations across Latin America, in 1997 and started the firm’s investment activities in Brazil. As one of Advent’s 14 global Managing Partners, he helps oversee the firm’s strategic direction and investment activities, with a particular focus on Latin America. Mr. Etlin has 18 years of private equity experience and has led, co-led or participated in 13 Advent investments. These include Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá, the third-largest container terminal in Brazil; Kroton Educacional (BM&FBOVESPA: KROT11), one of Brazil’s largest private education companies; International Meal Company (BM&FBOVESPA: IMCH3), the leading quick-casual restaurant chain in Latin America; Microsiga, Brazil’s largest ERP software provider (now part of TOTVS, BM&FBOVESPA: TOTS3); and CSU CardSystem (BM&FBOVESPA: CARD3), the largest independent credit-card administrator in Brazil. Mr. Etlin is also a board member of ABVCAP, the Brazilian private equity association, and a member of the Listing Committee of Bovespa Mais.
From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Etlin was a partner at International Venture Partners in São Paulo, where he was responsible for the overall operation of a media and communications fund focused on Brazil. Previously, he spent five years with Matra Marconi Space, initially as a systems engineer on a project to develop a European military observation satellite. In 1990, he was promoted to general representative for Brazil, in charge of setting up a private telecommunications satellite system providing services to Mercosul countries.
Master of Science, Industrial Engineering, INSEAD
Bachelor of Science, Electronic Engineering, University of São Paulo