CLIPPING 6 | PAINT&PINTURA | Dezembro 2019 This year’s final issue is amilestone in the history of Paint &Pin- tura Magazine. Thus far, it’s been 250 issues in print prepared by our entire teamwith great dedication, professionalismand ethics. It’s been 23 years pursuing our mission of bringing you the most relevant of news on the paint and coatings industry. Over the course of all these years, Paint & Pintura Magazine has earned great recognition across the marketplace and become a benchmark news outlet specializing in the paint and coatings industry. Currently, the magazine stands out for being a monthly publication with Latin American circulation and contents published in Portuguese, English and Spanish. It brings readers the most relevant news in both the domestic and international markets, interviews with themost influential professionals serving key companies, statistical information on the industry, technical articles, coverage of all of the industry’s major trade shows and other events, and a whole lot more. I take great pride in being part of this story. Having joined the publishing house Agnelo Editora’s team in 2002, and started doing reporting for this recognized magazine in May 2006. In August 2009, I had the honor to become the editor in charge, and I have been on this journey ever since, pursuing the mis- sion of providing the entire industry with the top news, in a very serious and responsible way. I am enormously grateful to be a part of this. In particular, this issue also brings you readers the pièce de résistance of our 2019 calendar - we’ve also made it to the 45th edition of the Paint & Pintura Coatings Technology and Management Forum, which took place onNovember 6 inRibei- rão Preto, São Paulo (Brazil), boasting a diverse program that included lectures on technical and management issues and a panel of coatings industry leaders. With a great turnout, this edition of the forum also featured a novel format in which the companies participating not only presented lectures, but also had an exhibit space to showcase their products. For the coming year, Agnelo Editora is already bracing for a calendar of more than six regional forums, and as part of our celebration of 50 editions, we are launching the LatinAmerican Paint & Pintura Coatings Technology andManagement Forum and Exhibition, which is taking place in the city of Campinas, São Paulo, on September 16 and 17, 2020. All paint and coatings industry leaders in Latin America are expected to attend this event, and it is anticipated that more than 30 companies will have booths with their products on display in a large exhibit space, with both suppliers and representatives of paint com- panies in attendance as well. Here are the dates and host cities of the other editions: March 5 and 6, in Fortaleza, Ceará - to include the third edition of the Regional Paint & Pintura Awards, North/Northeast; April 16, in Goiânia, Goiás; Rio de Janeiro is set to host a forum in June; andAugust 22, inNovoHamburgo, RioGrande do Sul. Formore details on these events, turn to page 18. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and an excellent 2020! Lucélia Monfardini WE’VE MADE IT TO ISSUE 250 INTERVIEW - ELIAS NAHSSEN DE LACERDA TAKES OVER AS CEO AT EVONIK Evonik has had a new chief executive for the Central and South America re- gion since October 1st. Elias Nahssen de Lacerda, who had been serving as CFO and Vice President of the Nutrition and Care business for Central and South America, succeeds Weber Porto, who retired from his nearly 36-year career at Evonik, as well as 17 years as CEO for the region. With more than 20 years of service at Evonik, Lacerda has held different positions in several of the group’s businesses, earning great recognition not only from the company, but also from the specialty chemical market. He joined Evonik, then known as Degussa, in 1996 through a traineeship program and was hired in less then two months as technical and sales representative for the paint and coatings market. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for the Crosslinkers & Resins business, beco- ming a product steward for South Ame- rica. In 2003, he took the role as regional head of then Degussa-Hüls’ Coatings and Colorants business for South and Central America. In 2006, after amassing 10 years of expe- rience in South America, he got an offer to relocate toGermany and serve as Vice President of regional sales in Europe and emerging countries for the Fillers and Pigments business. In 2010 he became global head of sales for the Silica busi- ness, and in 2015 he was made global head of marketing for one of Evonik’s largest business units: Animal Nutrition. After a total 12 years of international experience, he returned to São Paulo in 2018 as CFO and Vice President of Nutrition & Care for the Central and South America region. “It’s an honor to take the lead for the Central and South America region, one of the focus of the Group’s growth showing significant potential for expansion. My challenge is to contribute to our regional growth, seeking prosperity for our employees, society and shareholders,” Lacerda points out. The interview Lacerda granted to Paint & Pintura Magazine is available in Por- tuguese only.