Caldic appoints Elcio Mendes as Chief Executive Officer, Caldic LATAM

Press release

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, November 22, 2022 - Caldic B.V. today announces the appointment of Elcio Mendes as Chief Executive Officer, Caldic LATAM, effective December 1, 2022. Elcio will succeed Rodrigo Gutierrez, who has served the role at the company formerly known as GTM since 2020.

Elcio Mendes is a Senior Executive who brings more than three decades of experience across commercial, manufacturing, logistics, procurement and R&D functions in the food, agribusiness and chemical industry. At present he is the VP Operations, Caldic LATAM.


During his career Elcio has held various key Operations and Supply Chain positions in companies in Brazil such as Monsanto, FMC, Iana Agribusiness and Holding Terra Verde. Furthermore, he was the Operations Director and subsequently Head of Global Procurement & Supply Chain at Adama Agricultural Solutions, where he initially started in Brazil in 2013, and moved to Tel Aviv (Israel) in 2015 and to China in 2019. Elcio joined GTM in Brazil as VP operations in 2020.


“We are very excited to have Elcio Mendes join our Executive Leadership Team. Elcio combines business, strategic and operational expertise with proven experience in transforming and growing businesses. Throughout his career Elcio has worked across the broad supply chain function, enabling him to acquire in-depth experience in both the operational excellence, as well as the strategic aspects of the business,” said Alexander Wessels, Chief Executive Officer, Caldic Group. “With his broad background, thorough industry knowledge and outstanding record on business transformation Elcio will bring a wealth of experience to help Caldic in Latin America and globally in its next phase, by further building its capabilities and accelerating its growth journey.”


“As we congratulate Elcio, we also to want to recognize the instrumental role Rodrigo Gutierrez has played in the past years. His contributions have been integral to the success, growth and evolution of GTM from a specialty chemicals distributor to a provider of value-add solutions for the life science markets in Latin America, ” added Alexander Wessels. “We are very grateful for Rodrigo’s commitment and strong drive throughout his tenure at Caldic and we wish him the very best in his new endeavors.