Guilherme Paulus was born in 1949 in Sao Paulo Brazil. After studying Business Administration in college Guilherme, gained his initial professional experience before the age of 20 at IBM.
After interning at IBM Guilherme Paulus and his business partner Carlos Vicente Cerchiari jointly founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in 1972, when he was 24 years old. In 1974 Carlos sold his portion of CVC to Mr. Paulus, and the company was controlled, owned and operated Guilherme. Over the next 40 years, Guilherme would gain invaluable experience in the tourism industry and become one of the most successful businessmen in the history of Brazil.
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Guilherme’s approach is to offer modern travel packages that match what the public comes to expect with changing trends and vacation offerings. Mr. Paulus would lead CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. to experience rapid growth and expansion. Now the largest travel company with offices and operations in 23 Brazilian states as well as overseas countries, including Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and France. As one of the largest job creators in the country, CVC Brazil employees over 3200 citizens and 1000 suppliers. In addition, CVC’s global operations serve over 8.5 million passengers around the world.
Guilherme Paulus throughout his career as a businessman has always sought to expand and explore innovative ways to stimulate growth and expansion. In 2005, Paulus invested $600 million in the construction of various hotels and resorts throughout Brazil and founded GJP Hotels and Resorts, also referred to the GJP Group. The GJP Group is a chain of hotels and resorts that categorized as Three-Star Linx Hotel Group, Four-Star Prodigy Hotel Group, and the Five-Star Wish Hotel Group. Brazil hosted the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics two years later in 2016, both events propelled GJP Group to the top of the hotel industry.
Currently owning 8% of CVC Brasil, Guilherme Paulus sold a large portion of CVC for $750 million. Currently, Mr. Paulus GJP Group’s Chairman and has been on the National Tourism of Council for the last 15 years.