Mrs .Maria Helena dos Santos Fernandes de Santana has a degree in economics from the Faculty of Economics and Administration of the University of Sao Paolo (FEA-USP).
She is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuiçâo, S.A.; a member of the Audit Committee of Itau Unibanco Holding, S.A.; a member of the Board of Directors and Coordinator of the Audit Committee of TOTVS, S.A.; a member of the Management Committee of IFRS Foundation, which is part of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB); and a member of the Advisory Committee of Mercado De Governança De Estatais (BM&FBOVESPA), and of the Board of Mergers and Acquisitions (CAF).
She was previously a member of the Board of Directors of CPFL Energía, S.A. from 2013 to April 2015; Executive Chair of the Brazilian Securities And Exchange Commission (Comisión de Valores Mobiliarios or CVM) between 2007 and 2012; Director of this Commission between 2006 and 2007; and representative of this Commission on the Financial Stability Board (FSB) between 2009 and 2012.
She was previously Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) between 2011 and 2012, while also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC); and Vice Chair of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance between 2004 and 2006 and member of its Board of Directors since 2001.
Lastly, she worked at the Sao Paolo Stock Exchange (BOVESPA, now BM&FBOVESPA) between 1994 and 2006, in the area of Special Projects, and between 2000 and 2006 she was Executive Superintendent of Corporate Relations. In this post, she was responsible for the oversight of listed companies and the development of the New Market segment, which required high standards of corporate governance.