With more than 25 years of experience working in a variety of financial and operating assignments to optimize business results—and extensive experience in both European and American business—Antonio Ribeiro is a leader the world over when it comes to large, complex, international investments. As CFO of the North American subsidiaries of Sodecia, a Portuguese industrial corporation, he is responsible for the overall finance and accounting operations of the company’s North American division with revenues of over $200 million across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With 44 locations across the globe, Sodecia is a full-service supplier in the body in white, powertrain, safety and interiors, and tools and equipment commodities for the automotive market. Based in the Troy, Michigan, office, Antonio manages the expansion of the Portuguese company SODECIA into the U.S. market, with the goal of making the U.S. the firm’s largest market outside of Portugal—and with his record of success thus far, Antonio is undoubtedly the leader to get them there.
Before joining Sodecia, Antonio worked as CFO for another Portuguese multinational company EFACEC. Under Antonio’s leadership, EFACEC has opened three new companies in the U.S., and was one of the first companies in the country to manufacture and distribute a 20-minute electric car charger (Fast charger). In 2010, Antonio helped establish a 240,000-square-foot, $150 million manufacturing plant in the U.S.—the company’s first in the country—coordinating with Portuguese banks for the funding. Despite the recession in 2008 that hit the US economy hard, Antonio secured the funding, and the company has continued to grow thanks to his expertise in crucial areas, including business transformation, operational excellence, and financial process management. Having worked in a variety of countries, Antonio has a keen understanding of how to effectively work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. His success in bridging cultural gaps combined with his business savvy has allowed him to help build operational and expansion strategies, manage numerous capital investment projects, and develop financial efficiency projects across the globe, including ERP implementations and company restructurings. Prior to EFACEC, Antonio worked as the director of regulatory affairs and corporate compliance at Portgas, a natural gas distribution company in Portugal.
CFO — Sodecia Automotive North America