CEO of Grupo Abril discusses professional changes in lecture at FGV

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Atualizado Wednesday 06/08/2014

Fundação Getulio Vargas welcomed yesterday, August 5, the Vice President of Finance and CEO of Grupo Abril, Douglas Duran. He was the guest of another meeting in the Series of Lectures on Leadership and Strategy, conducted by the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV/EBAPE) and FGV Energy.

During the event, Duran spoke about his experience ahead of the logistics and distribution holding of Grupo Abril, DGB (Geographic Distribution of Brazil). He also talked about his career, which included jobs such as shoe shiner, waiter, cowboy, carpenter, butcher and real estate agent. In Douglas' opinion, these experiences helped him to face challenges and achieve professional goals.

"The young people of today have to understand that there is no problem in being born poor: you just have to go for it. The future is built on dreams, but also with dedication to achieve them. Since an early age I've learnt that I needed to devote myself quite a lot to a job, whatever it was," said Douglas Duran.

The executive also talked about the issue of competition among professionals, which he thinks should be a motivating factor in the search for new challenges. "No executive should be afraid of competition. Having someone a step down from you, wanting to take your place is beneficial. It drives you up. I've always prepared my successors in my professional life. I believe that a successful career can only really be classified that way when you manage to convey everything you've learnt, making room for others to occupy your place in the future. It is the natural cycle of life," he said.

The Series of Lectures is part of the Executive Master’s Program in Business Management (MEX) of FGV/EBAPE and it is organized by Professors Carlos Otavio Quintella and Marco Tulio Zanini. The objective is to gather leaders of large public and private organizations and bring considerations on management dilemmas and challenges in Brazil.

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