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Gonçalo Lobo Xavier

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Gonçalo Lobo Xavier
Gonçalo Lobo Xavier

General Manager

APED
Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, born in Coimbra, Portugal, is a prominent figure in the realm of European business and commerce.
Since September 2018, Gonçalo has served as the General Manager of APED – the Portuguese Association for Retail Companies. In this capacity, he oversees an association that plays a pivotal role in Portugal's economy, representing 12% of the country's GDP. APED boasts a membership of 208 affiliates across both food and non-food sectors, underlining its significance within the retail landscape.
Gonçalo's influence extends beyond national borders, as evidenced by his membership in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which he has been appointed by the Portuguese Business Confederation (CIP) since 2011. He also contributed actively to various groups such as ECO, INT, and CCMI. His leadership within the European Semester Group, where he served as Vice-President and former President (2018-2020), and President for Communication (2015-2017).
Before his tenure at APED, Gonçalo collected over 12 years of experience in the Portuguese industry, with a focus on sectors critical to industrial exports such as metallurgy and mechanical engineering. 
Gonçalo holds a business degree from Minho University and has pursued further executive education, including the Global Advanced Leadership Program at IMD Lausanne and the Advanced Administration Programme at Porto Business School. He is also fluent in multiple languages, such as Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.
Outside the boardroom, Gonçalo leads an active lifestyle, regularly participating in marathons including the Berlin Marathon (2016) and the Rotterdam Marathon (2018). Above all, Gonçalo takes pride in his role as a father of two. 
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