Tânia Cosentino- President Schneider Electric South America
Over the last 30 years, Tania Cosentino has dedicated her career to the electric industrial segment. She has occupied several managerial positions and functions in different companies, which gave her a global and deep vision of the energy sector, its operations and trends.
Tânia joined Schneider Electric in 2000, as national sales manager. Three years later, she was nominated sales director, and in 2009, after living and working in France, she assumed the presidency of the Brazilian subsidiary, being the first Brazilian citizen and the first woman to have such position in Schneider Brazil’s history. In January 2013, she was promoted to President for the South America region.
One of her main missions as regional president is to assure Schneider Electric’s position as the leader in energy management and an innovative solutions provider to its targeted markets, such as residential, industrial, commercial, data centers, energy and infrastructure for smart cities. Moreover, she has the goal to incentive the development of differential and sustainable solutions that can add value to the customer´s businesses. Tânia also plays an important role in sustainability field, especially the ones related to energy efficiency, access to energy, women empowerment and diversity.
In the context of gender equality, Tânia is an active inspirational leader of Schneider Electric South America’s HeForShe Program, a UN Women and UN Global Compact initiative, she also acts as member of Women Advisory Board of Schneider Electric. In appreciation of the work she has done in South America Schneider Electric’s operation Tania was recognized as one of the 10 Pioneers on acting on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Global Compact, as well as received the Women Leadership CEBDS Award. Tania was also considered one of the most influential women in the infrastructure sector by Fortune Magazine Brazil and received the Ethics in Corporate Governance Leadership Award Sabiá-Laranjeira, promoted by Plataforma Liderança Sustentável.
The executive has a title of bachelor in Electrical Engineering from FESP – Faculdade de Engenharia de São Paulo, and has done several specialization courses in Fundação Getúlio Vargas Business School São Paulo, Schneider University, IESE Business School in Barcelona, Columbia University, BI International (São Paulo) and Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon.