Luiz Alvarez has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from USP and post-graduate diplomas from the STC Kellog School of Management and Ashridge Business School. He started working as an intern at Autolatina (a joint-venture between VW and Ford) in 1991. In 1995, he was promoted to a management position in Volkswagen do Brasil’s Procurement function. Between 1996 and 1999 he worked in Germany and Argentina for Volkswagen. In 2000, he was made Head of Metals Purchasing for the Volkswagen Caminhões & Ônibus brand and in 2007, he was appointed Director of Supply for what is now MAN Latin America Ltda.