Mário Lanznaster, president of the cooperative Aurora Alimentos, died at dawn this Sunday at the age of 80, a victim of liver cancer that he discovered in 2018. The businessman was in his fourth term at the head of the Santa Catarina agroindustrial conglomerate.
Lanznaster was also president of Cooperalfa, in Chapecó (SC), for three terms, between 1997 and 2009. At Aurora, the largest agribusiness cooperative in the country, he assumed the presidency in 2007.
Despite the fragile health situation, the businessman worked normally until last Sunday, October 11th. Accustomed to standing before sunrise, the executive has worked since 1984 in raising pigs and producing corn, beans, soybeans and wheat in the Chapecó region, where he had kept a farm for 46 years.
He graduated in agronomy from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in 1967, and in occupational safety engineering, from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in 1975. He started his career as a rural extension worker (a kind of technical consultant) in Chapecó in the 1960s.
Under his management, Aurora has consolidated itself as a producer and exporter of grain and animal protein. In 2019, the cooperative founded in 1969 had gross revenue of R $ 10.9 billion. In all, there are 11 associated cooperatives, 30 thousand direct employees and another 10,000 indirect.
In addition to presiding over Aurora, Lanznaster was also vice president for strategic agribusiness matters at the Federation of Industries of Santa Catarina (Fiesc). The businessman leaves his wife, four children and six grandchildren.