Beto Abreu Assumes CEO Role at Suzano

Suzano, the world’s largest market pulp producer, announces that Beto Abreu has assumed the role of CEO. As Suzano celebrates its centennial year and finalises construction of the Cerrado Project, the world’s largest single-line pulp production facility in Ribas do Rio Pardo, Mato Grosso do Sul state, Abreu will now be responsible for leading the company’s ambitious growth strategy.

Beto Abreu, CEO at Suzano (Photo: Suzano)

With over 30 years of experience, Beto Abreu has held senior executive positions at companies including Rumo, Shell, and Raízen, and is recognised for his ability to balance delivering strategic transformation with exceptional people-based leadership. He has extensive experience in leading M&A transactions.

Abreu’s appointment was announced in February of this year. After a three-month transition period, he formally succeeds Walter Schalka, who served as Suzano’s CEO for 11 years. Schalka now joins the Board of Directors and will continue to be involved with various committees within the company.

Abreu holds a degree in production engineering from PUC-Rio and an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral and has also completed executive programmes at IMD Business School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Suzano, he served as CEO of Rumo, Brazil’s largest independent railway logistics operator, for five years. He is 53 years old and a married father of three.

Abreu assumes the CEO position at a crucial moment in Suzano’s history, with the company poised to complete the BRL22.2 (USD4.06) billion Cerrado Project. The development of the facility, which was first announced in 2021 and been overseen by Walter Schalka, represents the largest investment in the company’s history.

“I wish Beto success and I am confident he is the perfect person to lead Suzano as it enters this next phase of growth. His experience and strategic vision will be essential in guiding the company on a journey that will see us balance growth and expansion with sustainability and environmental stewardship,” said Schalka, who, in addition to leading the Cerrado Project, was also responsible for overseeing the landmark merger between Suzano Papel e Celulose and Fibria Celulose in 2019.