Brazil is well known for its diverse music scene from samba to pagode. In the 80s however, rock music was the genre of the decade that saw a good number of rock bands come up. One such band is Viper which attained stardom far and wide thanks to its talented drummer Cassio Audi.
History of Viper
Viper was made up of Cassio Audi the drummer, Andre Matos the lead singer, and guitarists: Felipe Machado, brothers Yves Passarell and Pit Passarell. They played different genres of rock which included alternative rock, heavy rock, thrash rock, and metal rock. At the time of the band’s formation in 1985, they were all about 15 years old and lived in Sao Paulo.Viper dropped their first demo The Killera Sword in 1985 followed by their first album Soldiers of Sunrise in 1987. This album catapulted them into international fame with tours in not only Brazil but also countries in Asia and Europe. They also got featured in rock magazines like Kerrang, Metal Forces and Metal Hammer. Cassio left the group in 1989 to focus on financial career.
About Cassio Audi
Cassio graduated from Pontifical Catholic University with a degree in Business Administration in 1994 and went ahead to pursue an MBA from the University of Sao Paulo. His career kicked off at JP Morgan Chase as a trader and stock and fixed income analyst in 1992. He worked there till 1996 when he moved to Dow Chemical, a US chemical and plastics company, as a Senior Financial Analyst. Seeking more significant challenges, Cassio joined Gilette (Proctor & Gamble) becoming the Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2006. In 2006 he became CFO of a private equity corporation, Brookfield Asset Management. During his tenure here, he led about 16 significant acquisitions, and in 2007 he coordinated the greatest real estate mergers and acquisitions approaching an estimated $1 billion. With these accomplishments in hand, Audi became the Investor Relations Officer and also CFO of Rossi Residential until 2013 when he resigned.
While the young generation may only know of Cassio Audi, the finance mogul, an older generation remembers him as the star of Viper and Brazil rock music.
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