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January 2019

Joao Machado, JAS National Account Director
January 15, 2019

Joao Machado is the new National Account Director for JAS USA. In his position as Director, he is responsible for directing the sales development, procurement and collaboration strategies activities within the Natural Stone Vertical on a national level.  

Mr. Machado is originally from Brazil and he has over 19 years of experience in the Freight Forwarding industry in the areas related to Sales, Operations, Ocean Procurement and Management. He is specialized in the industry of Natural Stones out of Brazil, Italy, India, Spain, China and many other countries and he will be able to assist JAS networking and customers with any questions or concerns. For many years Mr. Machado was globally responsible for moving the exhibitions of the Granite fairs in Vitoria (Brazil), Coverings (USA) and Verona (Italy). He is fluent in Portuguese and English and he has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil.

Joao Machado started his career with Figwal, a Brazilian based freight forwarder and moved up to multinational companies such as ABX Logistics and DSV Group. Joao originally joined JAS in December of 2009 in Vitoria, Brazil to develop the Natural Stone Vertical. Even though Joao started as the head of the stone division for JAS Brazil, his experience in P&L, sales, operations and product, allowed him to also held other important positions such as Regional Sales Manager, Branch Manager (Santos Office), and National Trade Lane Manager for the Southbound USA-Brazil.  Due to Joao’s very long and established career in this Vertical, in 2015, Joao accepted the challenge to join JAS USA as part of the Natural Stone Development team together with Mr. Leon Kouyoumdjian, to leverage JAS business presence in this specific market, provide customers a competitive advantage for their businesses and improve the value of the industry with respect to capacity and specialized services.  

As the biggest stone market in the world, with total consumption of over US $30 billion in 2018, the US market trends are of the highest importance to many stone processing factories all over the world to mention some: Brazil, Italy, Spain, India, China, Turkey, Greece, Vietnam etc.

With his high level of drive, experience and enthusiasm, we look forward to Joao leading the Natural Stone Vertical.