Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade was born in Brazil and is a medical doctor who practiced medicine for many years. Four decades ago, he decided to make a change and went to work for CAOA. He now serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the company. CAOA was created when Dr. Carlos paid for a car at a car dealership but never had the car delivered to him because the dealership went bankrupt. In exchange, he proposed that the dealership would be given to him to make up for not delivering the car to him. This worked out, and within roughly half a decade, his dealership became the largest Ford dealership in his country.
When imported vehicles began to be allowed into Brazil, Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade reacted by becoming the only importer of the Renault franchise, which is a French car company. The car brand quickly became the top imported car in Brazil. Some years later, as per contratepalestras.com.br, CAOA began to import Subarus into Brazil and pushed up sales of the brand three-fold. Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade also made Hyundai’s popular in Brazil, and by 1999, its Tucson model was a top seller in the country. In 2007, he partnered up with Hyundai to build a Hyundai factory in Brazil, which was the first of its kind in the nation.
Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade has always worked to improve the environment in his country, and in 2010, CAOA put together a program to reuse waste from its factory where vehicles were being produced to help with reforestation efforts. CAOA won the “Good doer Company” award and was also recognized as the “Most Admired” company for three years by the magazine Carta Capital. Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade also picked up the “Distributor of the Year” award in 2012, which was given to him by the parent company of Hyundai. He was the distributor that didn’t call Europe his home to receive the award. CAOA was ranked #1 in sales by JD Power Institute’s annual satisfaction survey in 2014 and came back to win the award in 2017.