Who's Who of Top Executives

Ricardo Montealto

Title: Global Head of Strategy, Corporate Development, Mergers and Acquisitions
Company: Vale
Location: New York, New York, United States

Ricardo Montealto, global head of strategy, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions at Vale, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in product development and management.

With 27 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Montealto has excelled at Vale as group executive of strategy from 2020 to 2023 and global head of strategy at Corporate Development since 2023. He began his career as a trainee at Fundacao Getulio Vargas from 1997 to 1998. He established himself in strategy and mergers and acquisitions at Companhia Siderurgica Nacional from 1999 to 2005 before transitioning to the role of associate partner at McKinsey & Co. from 2005 to 2012. He garnered a stellar reputation as vice president of metals and mining consulting at Wood Mackenzie from 2012 to 2020.

Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Montealto pursued an education at the Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1999. He continued his academic efforts at COPPEAD Graduate School of Business – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, obtaining a master’s degree in strategy in 2002. He concluded his studies at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, graduating with a Master of Business Administration in business administration in 2002. Beyond his responsibilities within the field, he has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He contributed to the Worldwide Fund for Nature.

Mr. Montealto considers his most notable career achievement to be the development of a 20-year strategy for Vale SA, a multibillion-dollar global diversified mining house. He is also proud of his contributions to establishing the spin-off of Vale’s base metals division, headquartered in Toronto, with businesses in several countries and its own board structure. At Wood Mackenzie, he spearheaded several changes to the regulatory framework and the tax system of the mining sector of Ecuador, Egypt, and several other countries. He led the steel operations practice at McKinsey and served several clients in the metals and mining space in multiple geographies.

Mr. Montealto has recently made a successful transition back to the corporate world. In the immediate future, he intends to venture into critical minerals and facilitate the transition to a national and international zero-carbon economy. He hopes to make the mining industry safer and more innovative while bringing a net-positive impact to society.

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