What Next After The Exit Of Bank’s Longest Serving Chairman?

News of the resignation of Banco Bradesco’s ninety-one-year-old chairman Lázaro Brandão, did not come as a surprise to industry observers. The replacement process had commenced two years ago but was delayed following the death of an insurance executive who had been fronted for the seat of CEO.

Although the organization has an intricate system through which executives are promoted, the new CEO will only take office after a general meeting of the shareholders scheduled for March 2018.

Retired Chairman Lazaro Brandao said in his valedictory note that the new CEO would have his work well cut out, especially in creating a strategy for the 5,000 bank branches. After several decades of progressive expansion, the bank embarked on a scaling strategy earlier this year, in its efforts to bolster profitability at a time when the country is reeling from a harsh recession.

The economic situation in the country may bolster the next CEO’s efforts to boost the bank’s profitability. In the recent past, the bank has undertaken measures to align itself with its digital customers with its newest digital platform called NEXT. Executives said that the platform aimed at “offering more personalized experiences to customers.”

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In the wake of management changes, such implementations and visionary leadership will be expected from the CEO. Also, forming partnerships and breaking new grounds for the organization will also form part of the duties of the CEO and the board.

Mauricio Minas, Bradesco’s vice president of technology who is also a likely pick for the vacant CEO seat said that Next was slated to offer lower lending rates than those charged at its brick-and-mortar branches. He, however, noted that the lower rates do not render them uncompetitive

“Those who have very low-interest rates do not sustain themselves over time,” said Minas, “Next will not be irrational with fees.”

Both the seats of Chairman to the board and that of CEO which are currently being held by the Luiz Trabuco will attract key interest from shareholders and industry players. In his valediction note, Mr. Brandao emphasized the need to maintained the “culture” and “values” that the organization has created over the years.

The new CEO will be picked in a general meeting to be held in the 1st quarter of 2018. In his new capacity as chairman of Bank Bradesco, CEO Luiz Trabuco will draw a lot from his experience in the banking industry over the years.

Having served in various capacities since joining Banco Bradesco in April 1969, Trabuco is seen as a natural heir to the seat that has been held for 75 years by Brandao. His connections in other subsidiaries associated with the company as well as in the political spheres will also help to bring on board an important network of individuals.

Trabuco received approving commendation from the outgoing chairman who termed him as a “natural choice” for the position chairman. “there was no need for research,” Said the chairman in an interview.

Shareholders also expect that the new brand of executives will be in a position to place the bank strategically for competition especially at a time when Brazil is preparing for a general election in 2018.

One of the strengths of the culture that the organization has created is that it is easy to pick successors of various posts that fall vacant from time to time. The organization has some of the longest serving managers in its board who have grown through the ranks of the bank according to jusbrasil.com.br. This gives them an internal knowledge of the organization’s operations, making it easy to choose various individuals for leadership positions. It also remains to be seen how the bank reacts to the exit of one of its longest-serving employees.

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Milestones of the American Institute of Architects

The AIA believes it’s an architect’s duty to construct an environmentally responsible, inclusive and appealing building. This is why they have been advocating for increased energy efficiency in the buildings designed by architects. The AIA committee on environment has been pushing for construction of safer buildings that reduce or eliminate entirely their contribution towards global warming. This advocacy has included pushing for financial incentives for a greener environment by the government and addressing issues in design of infrastructure at both local and state levels. They have also been pushing for education of clients on the importance of investment in greener initiatives and advising them on environmentally effective solutions.

The AIA committee on environment also launched the 2030 commitment program. This program challenges both graduates and undergraduates to submit projects that integrate architecture, natural systems and technology to provide design solutions that will safeguard the environment.This year’s competition focused on three aspects of design: carbon emissions adaptation and resilience.

Milestones of the American Institute of Architects

Robert Ivy the CEO of AIA has been focusing on building, design and encouraging architects to be innovative since he was appointed to that position. He has also been working on increasing awareness on the value of architects. He is growing the association to new heights through advocacy and education initiative that bring members of the association and the community together. Under his leadership, AIA has adapted to serve the needs in this technological age and has being an influential and reactive organization.

His recent milestone has been preparing architects to address important issues such as climate change, sustainability of the environment and impact of architectural design on health of the community.

Apart from advocating for a sustainable environment, the AIA has recently announced the homes for its annual home tour. This tour will feature 10 private homes designed by AIA architects in the past five years. The homes selected for the line-up were chosen based on sustainability, innovation and design. The tour will happen on 21st and 22nd October. These tours attract  around 3000 people with the assistance of 200 tour guides. Read more on Rahway Arts District: https://www.nytimes.com/topic/organization/american-institute-of-architects

Lime Crime’s Doe Deere Dreams in Color

Doe Deere’s presence is one you can’t miss with her rainbow colored hair and her love for bold makeup. Doe was born in Russia and lived there well into her teen years. During her childhood, she was always very ambitious and imaginative. Whatever she dreamed about doing, she found a way to accomplish it. Doe, now known as the Unicorn Queen, has had an eye for entrepreneurship since she was 13 years old. When she lived in Russia as a child, she sold temporary tattoos to her friends and classmates. She also dreamed of becoming a musician, and she did exactly that. In 1998, when she was just 17 years old, Doe moved to the United States and began a career as a musician in New York City, which is how she met her husband. Being a musician in a band taught her a lot about marketing and having a career. While she was living in New York City, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and majored in fashion design. Doe believes fashion and makeup go hand in hand. To her, they are both a way for people to express themselves. This is how she quickly became a part of the makeup world.

Doe always preferred bright colors over neutral colors. She started an eBay account for her DIY, colorful fashion brand back in 2004. Her fashion line was full of unique pieces in unusual colors, and she modeled everything herself. Of course, she needed her whole look to match her brand, but when it came to makeup, there weren’t many options during that time. She could never find any bright makeup so she decided to start making it. Soon after, in 2008, she launched Lime Crime! Girls and makeup lovers quickly gravitated toward her bold and bright colors, and her makeup brand quickly became successful. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/doedeereofficial

Now, Doe hopes her brand and what she has done in the makeup industry can inspire women to express themselves freely without the fear of being judged. Some advice she gives to all young women who have big dreams is to always follow your heart. She recommends all girls to tune into the quality or skill that makes them unique and explore it. Doe Deere currently lives in Los Angelos, California, where she spends her time playing with color and coming up with new, creative ideas for Lime Crime. One of her most recent creations is the Unicorn Queen collection. You can also see some of Doe’s creativity on her Instagram, where she regularly posts pictures of herself with a fun hair color. The latest color seems to be a bright and bold red.