Over these 75 years of Zilor, we have produced much more than Energy and Food for society. Reaching the 75th Crop with the strength of a company that represents one of the main Brazilian business names in the agro-industrial sector, which shares wealth with the communities that embrace it, drives sustainable growth, and sees in people the energy that leads us to the future, is a reason for pride and celebration!
In this hot site Zilor 75 years, we gathered the main moments of this admirable trajectory: the history of entrepreneurship of our founders that made us get here, in addition to presenting an agenda with the main commemorative actions.
Zilor has always been committed to the development of the country, by contributing to the growth of communities, and improving people’s quality of life. And this commitment is renewed every day, driving, and motivating new generations.
Come with us and get to know a little more about this trajectory!
What did we build during our journey, and what do we have planned for the next 75 years?
Check out the message from Zilor’s CEO, Fabiano José Zillo.
The union of Italian immigrant families Zillo and Lorenzetti took place in 1904, after the marriage (civil union) of Giuseppe Zillo, known in Brazil as Commander José Zillo, and Angela Lorenzetti, also known as Dona Angelina Lorenzetti Zillo.
But it was in 1939 that the first partnership between the families began, which transformed Zilor into one of the main companies of the agro-industrial sector in the country. The beginning of this trajectory happened through a common dream: to transform a small sugarcane mill, located in the municipality of Macatuba, located in the interior of the state of São Paulo’s countryside, into a sugar plant.
Giuseppe Zillo and his brother Luiz Zillo became partners of his nephews José, Juliano, and Antonio Lorenzetti in the purchase of Patos farm, in Macatuba, which at the time belonged to the Coneglian Family. On the farm, they maintained a small sugarcane cachaça production mill. With the increase in production, in 1945, the partners decided to expand the then small mill. It was the origin of the traditional São José Plant, the company’s first unit, which registered its first Crop in 1946. A year later, Barra Grande Plant went into operation in 1947, thus consolidating the company Zillo-Lorenzetti.
The third plant of the then Zillo-Lorenzetti Group was acquired in 1981, in Quatá. Since then, the company’s production has consolidated, and today it is one of the main Brazilian business names in the agroindustrial sector.
Crop after crop, what we now call the Entrepreneurial Culture has been taking shape through the entrepreneurial spirit and dreams of our founders, based on the commitment to customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and communities.
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A small spirit mill in Rocinha, located in Lençóis Paulista, was the Zillo Family’s point of arrival in the region, which was formed by small Italian traders who arrived in Brazil in 1896, and which started the family’s tradition in the manufacture and commercialization of derived products of sugarcane.
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The path taken by the Lorenzetti Family, which consists of small Italian farmers who arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century, is marked by a trajectory with a strong agricultural vocation that launched them as a protagonist in the construction of one of the main agribusinesses of the sector in the country.
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Zilor’s pioneers are remembered with pride and admiration. They are mirrors that reflect the image of Zilor’s work and success, which were built during these seven and a half decades.
Meet the entrepreneurs who dreamed and started our history by placing Zilor on the country’s agroindustrial scenario.
A special tribute to the entrepreneurs chosen by mutual agreement between the Zillo and Lorenzetti shareholder families. Leaders who have led Zilor over the past 75 years.
Zilor invests in Corporate Governance good practices, sustaining an ethical and respectful relation with customers and collaborators. In order to reinforce the
commitment with our shareholders and stakeholders, as the business perpetuity is assured, the company keeps an operation based on transparency, sustainability and professionalism principles.
The Administrative Council is the collegiate body responsible for the decision-making process regarding Zilor’s strategic guidelines. It is composed of 10 members, including 3 external members (two of whom are independent consultants), all with a 2-year term of office and the possibility of reelection.
The Board of Directors aims at not only discussing and approving the strategic plans, but also following their implementation, promoting sustainable growth, protecting and maximizing the return on investments, and approving policies and guidelines, exercising the role of guardian of Zilor’s principles and values.
Amaury Olsen – Former CEO of Tigre Brasil, is chairman of Zilor Administrative Council. He is also Independent Councilmember of Administrative Councils of Duratex, Klabin and Rotoplas Group. Business Administration graduate with extension at University of Southern California.
Carmen Tonanni – She is Deputy Chairman of Zilor Administrative Council, and also its shareholder. She has a bachelor’s degree in law.
Luiz Zillo Neto – He is also Zilor Councilmember and shareholder, and Copersucar S.A. Councilmember. He worked in Zilor treasury department, and he previously held positions in Cargill and Deutsche Bank. He took Finance MBA at University of North Carolina and is Business Administration graduate.
Miguel Zillo – He is Zilor Councilmember and shareholder, and he was Zilor director for several years. He is an accountant technician.
Mauricio Rosário da Barrosa – Zilor Administrative Council member and Business Director at Biorigin, and Copersucar S.A. Consulting Council member. He held positions in Zilor industrial operation area and in Falconi consultancy. He is a Civil Engineering graduate at Polytechnic School at Universidade de São Paulo and took MBA at Cornell University.
José Roberto Lorenzetti – Zilor Councilmember and shareholder. He is a Civil Engineering graduate at Polytechnic School at Universidade de São Paulo.
Antonio José Zillo – Zilor former CEO and former COO, currently Zilor Councilmember and shareholder, and he was Copersucar S.A. and Alvean (JV Copersucar and Cargill) Councilmember and member of Decision-Making Council of Sugar Cane Industry Union (UNICA). He is a Civil Engineering graduate at Polytechnic School at Universidade de São Paulo.
José Marcos Lorenzetti – Zilor Councilmember and shareholder, Agronomy Engineering graduate at ESALQ, at Universidade de São Paulo.
Britaldo Soares – Zilor Independent Consulting Councilmember, chairman of Administrative Council of Enel Distribuição São Paulo, chairman of Administration Council of ABDIB – Brazilian Infrastructure and Base Industry Association, Independent Councilmember of Administrative Council of OEC – Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção, and Consulting Councilmember of Atiaia Energia S.A. (Cornélio Brennand Group). He previously worked in executive positions in large corporations, including AES Brasil, Prisma Energy, Elektro, Enron Latam, and he held the position of Corporate/Investment Banking VP in Citibank. Metallurgy Engineering graduate at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Post-Graduate in Economic Engineering at Fundação Dom Cabral and Business Management and Administration expert at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.
André Dias is Zilor Independent Consulting Councilmember, he served as CEO of companies such as Monsanto in Brazil and Nidera Seeds. Currently he serves as CEO of Nutrien Latin America. Mechanical Engineer graduated from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica – ITA, holds a postgraduate degree in business administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, having completed an Executive Development Program from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.
The Board of Directors is comprised by 4 members, elected by the Administrative Council, with two-year mandate, with possibility of reelection. It is responsibility of the Board of Directors to administrate and manage Zilor’s business, in compliance with the policies and regulations established in the Bylaws, as well as the legal provisions and resolutions of both the Shareholders’ Meeting and the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the management, organization and control of Zilor’s daily activities and several areas.
Fabiano Zillo – Zilor and Biorigin CEO, Master in Agriculture at ESALQ (USP). Took MBA in Business Management at FGV, and extension course focused on strategy and innovation at Wharton Business School.Fabiano Zillo – Zilor and Biorigin CEO, Master in Agriculture at ESALQ (USP). Took MBA in Business Management at FGV, and extension course focused on strategy and innovation at Wharton Business School.
Mauricio Rosário da Barrosa – Member of the Board of Zilor and Business Director of Biorigin, he is a member of the Advisory Board of Copersucar S.A. He held positions in the industrial operations area of Zilor and in consultancy Falconi. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo and an MBA from Cornell University.
Marcos P. de Leon Arruda – Zilor CFO, Economy graduate at PUC-RJ, and took MBA at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Previously, he held this position in company including Tópico, Lifemed and OAS Arenas. He was also AES Brasil Chief Executive Officer.
Luiz Gustavo Scartezini Rodrigues – Zilor Agroindustry Director, Electric Engineering graduate and Master at UNESP, took MBA at FGV and Leadership and Innovation extension course at Florida International University. He worked as COO in Delta Sucroenergia, Pioneiros Bionergia and Bunge Sugar Division.
Our 75th birthday calls for a special timeline, doesn’t it?
75 years of hard work, challenges, and achievements.
75 Crops planting the future, cultivating dreams, and reaping achievements.
Check below for the main events that marked Zilor’s 75 years.