ICarros names CEO, as Itau Bank buys majority stake

13 Feb 2017

ICarros, a top-2 auto vertical in Brazil, named a new CEO, while it awaits existing shareholder Itau Bank to complete the acquisition of a 100-percent stake in the company next month.

Ricardo Bonzo Filho, CEO of ICarros (photo from his LinkedIn page with thanks)

Ricardo Bonzo Filho is the company’s new CEO. He’ll replace co-founder Sylvio Alves de Barros Netto, who sold his minority stake to Itau Bank.

Ricardo Bonzo Filho worked as head of brand management at Volkswagen Financial Services in Latin America, and then as head of sales strategy, network planning and training at MAN Latin America. Bonzo Filho has worked in the banking industry for more than a decade – mainly at Itau Bank – which should help both ICarros and the Brazilian bank to increase auto-financed sales.

Out-going CEO Sylvio de Barros is a serial entrepreneur. For instance, he founded competitor WebMotors and ICarros.

The Itau Bank deal is yet to be formally announced.

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Léo Siqueira

Léo Siqueira joined the AIM Group in 2014 as writer and analyst for Latin America. He is a multimedia journalist based in, but not limited to Campinas, Sao Paulo. Siqueira has been writing, reporting, and consulting for different news outlets and corporations in Brazil and in the US. Siqueira has worked for almost three years as a correspondent in Brazil with ICIS, the world’s largest information provider for the global petrochemical industry, and has been working with other global publishers, such as USA TODAY and Motorsport.com. His expertise includes general news coverage, online, print and multimedia journalism, and corporate communications as well. In this particular area, he has been working with international clients.