Title: Former Chief Executive Officer
Company: Mota-Engil Africa
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Gilberto Rodrigues has more than 23 years of experience in civil engineering. During this career, he has grown the business on the continent of Africa for Mota-Engil from $300 million to $1.5 billion Euros. As the former CEO of Mota-Engil, Mr. Rodrigues was responsible for being in charge of the African market. In this position, he paid close attention to how markets performed and on how to handle the commercial side of the business. He has overseen finances and top operations while setting policies. At the present, Mr. Rodrigues is pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors in Africa.
Mr. Rodrigues attributes his success to his hard work and natural ability. He is a firm believer in setting goals and relying on his team for support. To prepare for a career in his line of work, he earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto in Portugal. This degree has served him well and has helped him serve his various roles within the industry, including all of his positions with Mota-Engil. Mr. Rodrigues started out as an onsite engineer after graduating and worked up to site manager and project manager. In 2001, he was to Africa, where he became a country manager, then a regional director and finally the CEO of the continent.
With such a diverse and successful career, Mr. Rodrigues has received several recognitions for his work, including the Portuguese Republic COTEC Prize for Entrepreneurship from the Portuguese Honorary Council in 2012. His career is also marked with such accomplishments as becoming a board director of the largest Portuguese group at the age of 36, and a CEO at age 41. In addition to his master’s degree, he has continued his education with courses at the Kellogg Executive Education and the Hard Business School Executive Education.
Gilberto Rodrigues was originally selected for inclusion in Elite Worldwide Executives and Professionals in 2014 and 2015. We are proud to be featuring Mr. Rodrigues again in Elite Worldwide Executives and Professionals for 2016.
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