Marco Santos, New GFT CEO, to Drive Data & AI Solutions

Marco Santos has been appointed CEO of GFT
With more than 25 years in the technology sector, new GFT CEO Marco Santos will oversee the shaping of GFT as it deploys technologies like AI

An award-winning leader in digital transformation, GFT is a a global leader in digital transformation, using next-generation technologies to advance their clients’ productivity and build intelligent software solutions. Specialising in digital finance, enterprise AI & data solutions and platform modernisation, it operates in more than 15 markets worldwide and has a team of more than 10,000 specialists.

As David Tuppen, GFT’s Head of Data and AI, told Technology Magazine recently, GFT provides a data strategy that fully aligns with an organisation's AI goals and aspirations.

Now, GFT has announced that it has appointed Marcos Santos as its new global CEO.

Marco has been with GFT since 2011, holding leadership roles overseeing operations in Brazil, Latin America, USA, and most recently as CEO of GFT Americas. 

The 48-year-old will take office on 1 July 2024 and will initially lead GFT as Co-CEO together with Marika Lulay until the end of the year. GFT also announced that – in addition to his current role – Jochen Ruetz, GFT’s CFO, will become Deputy CEO as of 1 January 2025.

Who is Marco Santos, new CEO of GFT?

Marco Santos joined GFT in 2011. He was initially the Country Manager of GFT Brazil and then headed up GFT’s Latin American operations. In 2020, he also assumed responsibility for GFT USA and was appointed to the GFT Group Executive Board. In 2023, he was promoted to CEO at GFT Americas leading operations throughout North and Latin America.

He has deep knowledge of Artificial Intelligence, Next Generation Digital Platforms, cloud modernisation, general management, professional services and customer experience. His track record expands across multiple sectors, with special attention to financial services and manufacturing.

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With more than 28 years in the technology sector, since joining GFT in 2011, Marco has helped transform clients’ digital visions into tangible realities – and in the process expand the company's operations within North and Latin America. In his previous role as Head of GFT Brazil, for example, Marco was responsible for starting up the operation in the market and growing its team substantially.

Prior to joining GFT, Marco held executive positions at multinational and national companies such as TATA Consultancy Services, Oracle, CPM Capgemini and Organic Inc.

Marco is passionate about creating an impact in society through the inclusion of disadvantaged people in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Marco has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Universidade de São Paulo (USP), an MBA in International Business from FIA-USP (Brazil) and multiple specialisations by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Illinois and by Singularity University.

“I would like to thank the Administrative Board for their trust and look forward to shaping the future of GFT Technologies as CEO," he says. "GFT's development in recent years shows the enormous potential of our strong team with over 12,000 talents in 20 key markets. Our goal is therefore clear, we are steering the company towards an exponential future.”

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