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January 31, 2017

Mazars leadership grows with the inclusion of new Partners and Directors


  • Mazars' leadership team in Portugal includes seven new members.
  • Appointments include a new international Partner, two Directors and four local Partners.
  • Decision in line with the strategy of strengthening the organization's leadership in Portugal, enhancing skills and experts
  • Betting on Talent is a response to new market challenges.


January 04, 2022, Lisbon: Mazars, a leading international auditing, tax and consulting firm, has expanded its executive team. There are seven new Mazars Partners and Directors in Portugal: Pedro Jesus (International Partner), Celso Fernandes and Paulo Pereira (Directors), Olivier Pilot Debienne, Pedro Cruz, Ricardo Nunes and Rute Pereira (Local Partners).

“As Mazars continues to grow in Portugal, we are committed to providing the exceptional talent our clients need to meet their challenges and thrive in a complex and changing market. Regulatory and tax changes, digital transformation, as well as issues associated with new constraints on the global value chain and arising from investment opportunities, have created an increased need for expertise to support companies in diversified areas.” explains Luís Gaspar, Mazars Country Managing Partner in Portugal.

“The decades of experience brought by these senior members of our team will provide the indispensable insights to better ensure the success of our strategy”, adds the person in charge.

Mazars' attractiveness as a development and career opportunity is justified in the context of a highly competitive and talent-oriented industry: “We pride ourselves on enabling our people to learn, develop and thrive in a work environment that rewards boldness, promotes open cooperation and recognizes diversity as a genuine source of value creation”, stresses Luís Gaspar.

Mazars' bet on Talento takes place in a context of unprecedented changes, in the sense of helping companies steer with confidence in a convergence of regulatory reforms, digital disruption and geopolitical volatility. Changes that impose enormous pressure and complexity on the way organizations develop their activity towards compliance, performance and sustainability goals.

The objective is to continue to innovate daily in order to integrate comprehensive capabilities and cultivate a multidisciplinary and balanced model, supported by integration and inclusion, ensuring critical skills, delivering an excellent response to customers and contributing to the overall quality of the sector .

The new members of the Mazars leadership

Peter Jesus He has a degree in Business Organization and Management from ISCTE. He started his professional activity in 2003, in the area of ​​management consulting. Initially worked in the preparation of investment projects for the submission of applications for support programs included in the 3rd European Union support framework. He joined Mazars in September 2004. Having developed his activity as an Auditor in a portfolio of clients from various sectors of activity, he started, from 2017 onwards, to dedicate himself exclusively to the financial area, sharing the responsibility, as an Associate Partner, for managing Mazars' Financial Services Audit department in Portugal.

Celso Fernandes He has a degree in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management – ​​Strategy and an Executive Masters in Auditing. He has been a consultant at Mazars since 2000 and Financial Advisory Manager since 2010. He has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant in the field of Management, carrying out projects in various industries, such as apparel, financial services, construction, engineering, environmental services & waste , energy, hospitality, food industry, health services, regulatory bodies and others, and for a variety of purposes.

Paulo pereira He has a degree in Audit and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Administration from ISCAL. He started his professional activity in 1993, having performed functions in several entities, having been with Mazars since 1998. He is currently responsible for managing the work teams and a multidisciplinary client portfolio, being a ROC signatory in several projects. It integrates functional Mazars bodies, namely the “Quality Control Committee”, and monitors the implementation of the auditing software – ATLAS. He began his duties in 2021 as a member of the Training Committee of the Portuguese Chartered Accountants Association.

Olivier Pilot Debienne is licensed in Auditing by ISCAL. He joined Mazars in 2004. Before returning to the Lisbon office, he worked between 2006 and 2009 at Mazars in Paris (Mazars Grupo Head Office), where he audited large International Groups. He was part of the International team of deployment of the audit tool by the Mazars Group, having given various training courses. He has significant experience in Auditing in international companies with Report to the parent company or for local opinion purposes, experience in IFRS and SOX, internal control and risk management.

Pedro cruz He has a degree in Economics from FEP and a postgraduate degree in Taxation from ISAG. Joining the Mazars team since 2003, he has developed his activity in diversified areas: national and international M&A projects in various sectors; extensive experience in leading various acquisition projects sell-side e buy side; experience in auditing, corporate finance and account consolidation; independent business review for a variety of industries, primarily the service and manufacturing sector; due diligenceCE and Special Purpose Audit, namely for assessments and validation in specific matters; wide range of corporate development consulting services, including financial modeling, market attractiveness assessment, and due diligence; validation of national investment projects (managed by national agencies) and international (managed by the European Commission).

Ricardo Nunes He has a degree in Business Management from Universidade Portucalense. He joined Mazars in 2018, with significant experience in Auditing, Accounting, Finance and Taxation. Coordinated auditing and consulting work in entities in the industrial, commercial, real estate, agricultural, forestry, cooperative and public sectors, among others. He also has experience in Corporate Finance projects and mastering the use of financial models. performed works of due dilligence, evaluation and implementation of internal control systems, preparation of consolidated accounts and reporting International. He is also a trainer in the areas of accounting and auditing.

Ruth Pereira She has a degree in Management from ISCTE – IUL, and an Executive Master in Management from INDEG – ISCTE. He started his career in 2006 as Tax Assistant, having, a year later, joined Mazars as Assistant Auditor. He has developed significant experience in the areas of Auditing (Financial Services and Industry / Services), Accounting, Taxation, both locally and internationally, participating in several audit missions in Angola and Brazil. He is a member of the Training Committee of the Portuguese Chartered Accountants Association.


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