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Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders
to be held on June 8, 2022
Meeting information

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

Record date
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
12.00 p.m Eastern Time
www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MELI2022, where stockholders will be
able to listen to the meeting live, submit questions and vote online.
April 12, 2022
Items of business:
 
1
To elect the nominees for Class II and Class III directors recommended by our board of directors, to serve until the 2024 and 2025 Annual Meetings of Stockholders, respectively, or until such time as their respective successors are elected and qualified;
2
To approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers for fiscal year 2021;
 
3
To ratify the appointment of Pistrelli, Henry Martin y Asociados S.R.L., a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited, as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022; and
4
To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please read our 2022 Proxy Statement for important information on each of the proposals, and our practices in the areas of corporate governance and executive compensation. Our 2021 Annual Report to Stockholders contains information about MercadoLibre, Inc. (the “Company”) and our financial performance. Voting on the Internet or by telephone is fast and convenient, and your vote is immediately confirmed and tabulated. Using the Internet or telephone saves us money by reducing postage and proxy tabulation costs. Please provide your voting instructions by the Internet, telephone, or by returning a proxy card or voting instruction card.
By order of the board of directors,

Jacobo Cohen Imach
Sr. Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE 2022 ANNUAL MEETING. The notice of meeting and proxy statement for the 2022 annual meeting and our 2021 annual report to stockholders are available electronically at www.proxyvote.com. On or about April 27, 2022, we first mailed to our stockholders (other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery of the proxy statement) a Notice of Internet Availability containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials, including our proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 (“2021 Annual Report”).

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Internet Availability of Proxy Materials
Under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules, we are furnishing proxy materials to our stockholders primarily via the Internet, instead of mailing printed copies of those materials to each stockholder. The Notice of Internet Availability mailed to our stockholders contains instructions on how to access our proxy materials, including our proxy statement and our 2021 Annual Report. The Notice of Internet Availability also instructs you on how to access your proxy card to vote through the Internet or by telephone.
This process is designed to expedite stockholders’ receipt of proxy materials, lower the cost of the annual meeting and help conserve natural resources. However, if you would prefer to receive printed proxy materials, please follow the instructions included in the Notice of Internet Availability. If you have previously elected to receive our proxy materials electronically, you will continue to receive these materials via e-mail unless you elect otherwise.
Attending the 2022 Annual Meeting



Live webcast
Webcast starts
Replay
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at 12:00 p.m., June 8, 2022 Eastern Time
available until June 8, 2023
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As of the date of this proxy statement, our board does not know of any matters to be presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting other than those specifically set forth in the Notice of 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and this proxy statement. If other proper matters, however, should come before the 2022 Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof, the proxies named in the enclosed proxy card intend to vote the shares represented by them in accordance with their best judgment in respect of any such matters.
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Letter from our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dear Stockholder:
Hope is the confidence that something good will happen. A positive feeling that, when accompanied by action, allows us to overcome adversity. The last two years —marked by an unprecedented global pandemic— have undoubtedly put this human capacity to the test: the ability to project a future horizon better than the current one, trusting that “the best is yet to come.” For us, this is much more than a slogan: it is the power that drives us.
During the last two unprecedented years, MercadoLibre has assumed the essential role of ensuring access to our many important services and products that impact our users’ lives. We assumed this unique and privileged position with great responsibility. We did this also with a focus on strengthening our purpose: democratizing commerce and financial services to transform the lives of millions of people in Latin America. Today more than ever, we know that the world needs transformation. That is why we want to be better every day, taking into account the growth of our business and its environmental impact and social role.
On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to express our appreciation for your continued interest in MercadoLibre. We look forward to your attendance at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or receiving your proxy vote.
Sincerely yours,

Marcos Galperin
Chairman of the Board, President
and Chief Executive Officer
 
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An Ecosystem of Integrated Solutions
Our company
Mercado Libre is the largest online commerce ecosystem in Latin America based on unique visitors and page views. We are present in 18 countries. Our platform is designed to provide users with a complete portfolio of services to facilitate commercial transactions both digitally and offline.
We offer our users an ecosystem of six integrated e-commerce and digital payments services:




The Mercado Libre Marketplace is a fully-automated, topically-arranged and user-friendly online commerce platform, which can be accessed through our website and mobile app. This platform enables us (when we act as sellers in our first-party sales), merchants and individuals to list merchandise and conduct sales and purchases digitally.
 

Through Mercado Libre Classifieds, our online classified listing service, our users can also list and purchase motor vehicles, real estate and services in the countries where we operate.


To complement the MercadoLibre Marketplace and enhance the user experience for our buyers and sellers, we developed Mercado Pago, an integrated digital payments solution. Mercado Pago is a full ecosystem of financial technology solutions both in the digital and physical world. Our asset management product is a critical pillar to build our alternative two-sided network vision. It incentivizes our users to begin to fund their digital wallets with cash as opposed to credit or debit cards given that the return our product offers is greater than traditional checking accounts.


Mercado Credito, our credit solution, leverages our user base, which is not only loyal and engaged, but has also been historically underserved or overlooked by financial institutions and suffers from a lack of access to needed credit. Facilitating credit is a key service overlay that enables us to further strengthen the engagement and lock-in rate of our users, while also generating additional touchpoints and incentives to use Mercado Pago as an end-to-end financial solution.


The Mercado Envios logistics solution enables sellers on our platform to utilize third-party carriers and other logistics service providers, while also providing them with fulfillment and warehousing services. The logistics services we offer are an integral part of our value proposition, as they reduce friction between buyers and sellers, and allow us to have greater control over the full user experience.


Our advertising platform, Mercado Ads, enables businesses to promote their products and services on the internet. Through our advertising platform, brands and sellers are able to display ads on our webpages through product searches, banner ads or suggested products.


Complementing the services we offer, our digital storefront solution, Mercado Shops, allows users to set up, manage and promote their own digital stores.
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An Ecosystem of Integrated Solutions

2021 Business Highlights

139.5M
Unique active users reached considering our entire ecosystem.
$28.4B
Gross merchandise volume (“GMV”), representing an increase of 35.5% in USD.
1B
Successful items sold, increasing by
41.0% year-over-year.

$77.4B
Total payment volume (“TPV”) reached, a year-over-year increase of 55.5% in USD. Total payment transactions increased 70.0% year-over-year, totaling 3.3 billion transactions in 2021.
$1.7B
Mercado Credito’s portfolio ended 2021 at almost $1.7 billion, over 3x its size compared to the year-end in 2020.
 

962.3M
Items shipped during 2021, representing a 48.2% year-over-year increase.
 
 
Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements herein regarding MercadoLibre, Inc. that are not historical or current facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements convey MercadoLibre, Inc.’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. Forward-looking statements regarding MercadoLibre, Inc. involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause MercadoLibre, Inc.’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are described in the “Risk Factors,” “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” sections of MercadoLibre, Inc.’s annual report on the upcoming Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and any of MercadoLibre, Inc.’s other applicable filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless required by law, MercadoLibre, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events after the date hereof.
 
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 IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS 
We act today for the best to come
We are entrepreneurs who know that sustainability is a path of continuous improvement,
with many challenges ahead but with a clear focus: the time to act is now.
At MercadoLibre, we believe that sustainability involves every area of our business. It is a commitment that we renew every day, every time we take risks to innovate, achieve scale and generate a transformational impact.
We are convinced that there is a new economy, in which it is possible to generate economic value while creating social and environmental value at the same time. This new economy will not come on its own, nor on the basis of promises: we have to act today if we want to contribute to the sustainable prosperity of our region.
Under this premise, our strategy has three main focuses of action:

Boost Triple-impact
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
& Positive Impact Products


Contributing to
Communities

Reducing Our Environmental Impact
We are inspired by the entrepreneurs who grow with us, as well as by those who are part of our team. We are working to boost the triple-impact entrepreneurial ecosystem in Latin America through our solutions platform. We are also stimulating demand by providing the largest curated offering of positive impact products in the region to millions of consumers.
We are contributing to the communities with which we are linked through initiatives that seek to strengthen social organizations and the digital donation culture in the region. We also support the ability of young people to access formal jobs and the skills of the future by developing education and technology programs, so we can have fairer and more equitable societies.
We accept the challenge of continuing to grow while respecting the environment. We believe that measuring our carbon footprint is the backbone of this challenge: we seek to reduce our environmental impact throughout our value chain, while contributing to the fight against climate change through the regeneration and conservation of iconic biomes in the region.


Inclusive culture

Transparency
Each person who works at MercadoLibre is unique and one of a kind, with their own story, experience, and background. Therefore, we encourage everyone to feel free to be who they are, how they are, and at ease with the choices they make.
It is the cornerstone of how we act, as well as of the bond of trust that we create with each of our stakeholders. We believe that ethics and integrity are the pillars of inclusion and development and, as corporate citizens, we strive to promote best practices in the digital products and services we develop, while complying with applicable laws.
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Boost Triple-impact Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
& Positive Impact Products
Foster Entrepreneurial Potential (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay)
True to our origins, we believe that entrepreneurs and SMEs play a fundamental role in driving sustainable socioeconomic development in the Latin American region. Their ability to adapt to new challenges and to understand the complexities and problems of each context, gives them a unique capacity for transformation. We create value for entrepreneurs and SMEs from the heart of our business: we drive their digital and financial inclusion; we train them in tools to take advantage of e-commerce opportunities; and we expand their business and income generation.
  Training: Our Sellers Center offers content, courses and seminars on topics of value for an entrepreneur, such as financial or sales strategy.
Entrepreneurship with + Impact: Biomas (Brazil and Argentina)
This program focuses on strengthening businesses linked to biodiversity. We understand that bio-economies are a solution for the conservation of biomes, which contribute to fostering sustainable production chains and promote income generation for local communities
80+ projects
In the Amazon, Atlantic Forest and
Cerrado regions of Brazil, and Gran
Chaco in Argentina
 
 
Afrolab Program (Brazil and Colombia)
Since 2018, MercadoLibre has been working with Preta Hub to strengthen businesses led by black entrepeneurs. To this end, we have trained participants of the Afrolab program in online sales strategies, and promoted their entry into the MercadoLibre ecosystem, by highlighting their stories and offering their products on our platform through an exclusive official store in Feira Preta. In 2021, we joined the NGO Manos Invisibles in Colombia, to promote the digital inclusion of black entrepeneurs in that region.
+500
Black entrepeneurs trained
in Brazil and Colombia
 
 
Positive Impact Products (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay)
In 2019, we created a permanent and curated section of our platform that focuses on positive-impact products, a listing of sustainable products available in the market in one place. Over time, this became a platform from which we articulate initiatives and collaborate with the community of triple impact entrepreneurs, to find ways to generate added value for their projects and boost their development. It is also a space where we can view and analyze positive-impact consumption trends in the region.
  3.6M unique visits to the section (3x over 2020);
  +169,000 companies sold positive-impact products (+69% over 2020);
  +66,000 articles available in the category (+47% over 2020).
+4.7M
Users purchased products
(+37% over 2020)


+9M
Products sold (+344% over 2020)
Since 2016, we have been implementing exclusive promotional campaigns for sustainable products to foster positive impact consumption.
 
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Community: Education and Inclusion
Digital and Financial Education
Education and social inclusion are the cornerstones of our relationship with the communities in each country where we operate. We promote initiatives and training programs that promote access to jobs, entrepreneurship and technology and more inclusive features.
We are acting today to promote more inclusive development in Latin America.
Networks for the Future (Argentina, Brazil and Mexico)
A program that provides training to young people in technical and digital skills for insertion into the labor market, which is complemented by learning socioemotional skills needed for formal employment.
1,000
Young people reached in 2021 (140 in Argentina, 500 in Brazil and 360 in Mexico)
Conectadas (Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay)
An immersive training program that seeks to bring young women in Latin America closer to the world of technology, providing them with tools to create innovative solutions to problems that they identify in their communities.
  150 projects with a positive impact on the community implemented through technology.
  89% of the girls participating in the Conectadas program recognized a positive and close link with science and technology.
1,200
Young women between 14 and 18 years of age from seven countries and more than 300 locations in Latin America benefited from the program
Entropy (Argentina)
Through this program, we provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) training to young people who are in the last year of high school in public schools in Argentina. We also provide pedagogical support for teachers interested in getting involved in the teaching of STEM subjects.
  In 2021, 600 young people started the cycle, 24% of whom are women.
  Entropía program has doubled the percentage of university admissions to UTN since its inception.
286
Young people graduated in 2020
Certified TECH Developer (Argentina, Brazil and Colombia)
We joined Globant and Digital House to co-create the Certified Tech Developer program that provides scholarships to young people to pursue technology careers in Argentina, Colombia and Brazil.
  2,500 scholarships covering 85% of tuition awarded (Argentina, Colombia and Brazil); 1,000 scholarships covering 50% of tuition awarded (Argentina).
+3,200
Students have completed the program
We use a diversity perspective that prioritizes young women
from low-income and other historically excluded groups.
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Reducing Our Environmental Impact
Carbon footprint
Our environmental strategy is based on a continuous improvement process that supports MELI's sustainable growth. A central part of that management is measuring our carbonfootprint, allowing us to identify and implement reduction actions with agility, accompanying business development.
Since 2016, we have been measuring our footprint with increasingly precise indicators. This enables us to monitor our impact in real time, allowing us to anticipate and act to reduce emissions. The exercise covers our operations and value chain (scope 1, 2 and 3).
We follow the measurement guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) standard developed jointly by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resource Institute (WRI).
43.2 tn
of CO2e per employee
(Scopes 1, 2 and 3)

0.019 tn
of CO2e per buyer
(Scopes 1, 2 and 3)
Carbon Footprint Management – Our Environmental Impact Strategy

Energy Efficiency and migration of our operations to renewable energies
  Smart metering strategy that allows us to remotely monitor our consumption through the use of smart sensors and real-time dashboards.
  Seven buildings with smart metering in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, where we have implemented sensors with IoT technology with very positive results and reduction opportunities of up to 10%.
  Began the process of migrating 100% of our operations to renewable energy sources.
  Since November 2020, Melicidade is powered by 100% renewable energy.
  Our SP02 distribution center is the first logistics operation in the region to run on 100% renewable energy.
  7,061MWh consumption of renewable energy generated off-site.
Sustainable Mobility

Reducing the impact of our shipments, increasing our operation of the electric fleet, and promoting the adoption of innovative solutions throughout the value chain.

Since we began the transition to more sustainable logistics, we have introduced 115 electric vehicles, which has enabled us to deliver 1.85 million packages with electric mobility fleet. We currently operate 59 units in Brazil, 15 in Mexico, 25 in Colombia, 15 in Chile and two in Argentina, with plans to scale this practice in the coming years.

Sustainable Packaging & Materials

Recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging and optimization of the sustainable management of work materials, waste, and remnants.

We are constantly exploring sustainable solutions that we can scale to incorporate into our operation. As this is an industry-wide challenge, we also coordinate with other stakeholders to optimize processes and reduce our overall footprint.
100%
We began the process of migrating
100% of our operations to renewable
energy sources


100%
Our SP02 distribution center is the first logistics operation in the region to run on
100% renewable energy


1.85M
Packages delivered with
electric mobility solutions/fleet
 
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Waste recovery program
We have two major waste recovery programs aimed at reintroducing the materials we use back into the production cycle.

Regeneration
Regeneration and conservation of the region’s emblematic natural ecosystems.
In March 2021, we launched Regenerate America,” a program that seeks to contribute to the regeneration and conservation of the region's emblematic natural ecosystems. We believe that by doing so, we contribute to capturing carbon, essential to mitigating the progression of the climate crisis, and to preserve biodiversity.
To develop the program, we made an initial investment of USD 7.8 million, distributed among the Mantiqueira Conservation Project and the Corridors for Life, both located in the iconic biome of the Atlantic Forest, Brazil.
We focused on Latin America because it is home to around 40% of the planet’s biodiversity. We started with the Atlantic Forest because it is one of the most threatened ecosystems in the region, known for its important watersheds, and because Brazil is home to our largest operation.
$7.8M
Initially invested to develop
“Regenerate America”
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Human Capital
Talent, Culture and Development
To be leaders in Latin America, we believe we attract, engage and develop the best talent by offering a transformative experience, co-creating the best place to work and ensuring our “DNA” (or our culture) is present in every corner of our business. Our business is based on technology and knowledge. In order to achieve our goals in innovation and knowledge we need focused and prepared human capital; motivated and committed employees to drive sustainable results.
We believe that being part of MercadoLibre is an experience that is always dynamic, collaborative, inspiring and full of opportunities. Our employee value proposition is designed to be attractive to the profile of entrepreneurial talent and is aligned with our DNA. For this reason, it allows everyone at MercadoLibre to engage their experience in a unique way.
We are still one of the 20 best places to work in the world and one of the top 5 in the region according to the Great Places to Work rankings. We are very proud to have been highlighted in these rankings as one of the top 3 employers in most of the countries in which we operate.
One of the 20
best places to work in the world
according to Great Places to Work



One of the
top 5
best places to work in the region
according to Great Places to Work
 
 
Recruitment and Hiring
Our strategy with respect to recruitment and hiring is an example of our commitment to serve as a recovery engine for Latin America in response to the challenges presented in 2021. In connection with that goal, we designed an initiative that provides for the doubling of our workforce with a strategic focus on attracting the best local talent for our different business units. In addition, in light of the increasingly relevant societal role that we play as an organization, particularly in a region where economies are struggling to create new and more sources of employment, our strategy also aims to promote the creation of jobs through the opening of new centers in cities in which we operate.
 
Well-Being
 
Adapting to work environments during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a major focus of our
people team’s programs, including taking care of the physical and emotional health of our team.
 
During 2020 and 2021, we implemented programs designed to promote total emotional and physical wellness. For example, in 2021, we created an Emotional Health Mapping program, intended to support mental health. We also increased mindfulness, yoga, gym workouts and psychological assistance services for our team. We have scheduled and broadcasted talks with specialists in areas relating to wellbeing, such as learning circles on how to manage emotions, healthy sleep recommendations and resilience, among others.
 
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Remote Work Environment
Over half of the people who make up the MercadoLibre team have been working remotely since the beginning of the pandemic, though we do provide some employees with the option of working on site if they prefer. After experiencing this work format for almost all of 2021, faithful to our culture of change and permanent evolution, we now permit remote work on an indefinite basis for most positions.
We redesigned our offices to adapt them to the hybrid model. We moved from open desks to neighborhoods,” to have more spaces that promote collaboration and innovation. As always, we capitalized on bot technology to manage it better.
+50%
of MercadoLibre employees have been
working remotely since the beginning of
the pandemic
Diversity and Inclusion
We innovate from a multiplicity of perspectives and that diversity is what makes us disruptive. We inspire people to unfold their capabilities and express themselves in a healthy and equitable environment, where previous beliefs do not condition acceptance and curiosity allows us to value differences.
MercadoLibre’s Purpose of Diversity and Inclusion:
  Build diverse teams, with focus on women, LGBT+ people, people with disabilities, and race and ethnicity.
  Foster an inclusive culture, through the experience that each person lives at MercadoLibre.
  Nurture IT talent, expanding access to technology education, with a focus on women.
We focus on all employees living their MELI experience in an inclusive environment that challenges and inspires them, ensuring they feel comfortable expressing their diversity. We naturalize this message from a communication and employer branding strategy based on real cases, in their protagonists’ own words.
Diverse
teams built with focus on women,
LGBT+ people, people with disabilities,
and race and ethnicity
 
We put a lot of effort into the inclusion and development of women in our sector. In MercadoLibre, four out of ten employees are women and they occupy 32% of the leadership positions in Management, exceeding the average of the IT and Logistics market. The five-percentage point increase in this indicator over the last two years is the result of succession management and talent attraction at this level. In addition, we employed a total of 76 people with disabilities on the team during the year, which represents 1.3% of the people working at the company. Lastly, in Brazil, 38% of our employees identify themselves as black.
76
Employees with disabilities
 
At the same time, our recruiting model continues to evolve, raising awareness and providing our Talent Acquisition teams with tools about unconscious biases in hiring, development, and people engagement.
Our affinity groups are based on Women, LGBT+, People with Disabilities, Race and Ethnicities. These teams volunteer their time to work on the design and implementation of proposals. In 2021, for example, the Women's group implemented an increase in the paid maternity leave benefit, raising it to 5 months throughout the region, and a leave for gestational loss. The Ethnic group, for its part, designed a mentoring program for Brazilians that self-identify as black aimed at developing skills, knowledge and promoting conversations to boost their leadership within MELI.
38%
of employees in Brazil identify themselves as black
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Ethics and Transparency
We act with integrity and transparency.
Our Values
Honesty
Fairness
Respect
Integrity
That is why we demand that all the people who work at MercadoLibre and those who are part of the Board of Directors perform their duties under the highest ethical and conduct standards, and we expect all suppliers, customers, and business partners to comply with these same standards.
Our Code of Ethics aims to ensure that the values of honesty, fairness, respect, and integrity prevail in all third-party relationships and those of our employees, with the understanding that it is our obligation, as good corporate citizens, to comply with all applicable laws and avoid inappropriate actions or omissions, and conflicts of interest. In addition, our Code outlines our commitment to compliance with laws and regulations and good management practices for internal information, company assets, and digital media.
Published on our Investor Relations site, the Code is publicly accessible. People working at MercadoLibre must sign it upon joining the company and suppliers and business partners must accept it upon joining our supply chain.
In 2021, the Code was accepted by 6,670 suppliers. To ensure that all our teams understand and interpret the Code correctly, we launched a mandatory online training program in July. In 2021, 50% of our team completed the training. We efficiently and transparently evaluate aspects of ethical conduct and integrity. We have procedures in place to review compliance with the policies and provisions contained in our Code of Ethics. See “Corporate Hotline.” When situations of significant non-compliance are detected, they are reported to the Ethics Committee (comprised of the Company’s Corporate Affairs Head (Chairman), Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, People Head and Risk and Compliance Head).
 
 
To learn more about MercadoLibre’s impact and sustainability efforts see our Impact Report, which is available on our website: https://investor.mercadolibre.com/corporate-social-responsibility.
Further, we have also published our Sustainability Bond report and the Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures, which are both available on our investor relations website: https://investor.mercadolibre.com/corporate-social-responsibility.
 
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 Proposal I 
Election of
Directors
Our certificate of incorporation provides for our board to be divided into three classes, with each class having a three-year term. In accordance with our certificate of incorporation and bylaws, the number of directors that constitutes our board of directors is fixed from time to time by a resolution duly adopted by our board. Our board currently consists of nine members. Information as to the directors currently comprising each class of directors and the current term expiration date of each class of directors is set forth in the following table:
Directors Comprising Class
Class
Current Term Expiration Date
Susan Segal
Mario Eduardo Vázquez
Alejandro Nicolás Aguzin
Class I
2023 Annual Meeting
Nicolás Galperin
Henrique Dubugras
Richard Sanders(1)
Class II
2024 Annual Meeting(1)
Emiliano Calemzuk
Marcos Galperin
Roberto Balls Sallouti
Class III
2022 Annual Meeting
1.
On February 9, 2022, our board upon the recommendation of the nominating and corporate governance committee, pursuant to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and bylaws, approved a resolution increasing the size of the board from eight to nine directors. Concurrently, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Richard Sanders as a Class II director of the Company (in order to maintain the number of directors in each of the three classes of directors as nearly equal in number as possible), to serve from February 9, 2022 until the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until his successor is duly elected and qualified or until his earlier death, resignation or removal. Therefore, the term of office of Mr. Sanders is scheduled to expire at the 2022 Annual Meeting.
A director elected to fill a vacancy will serve for the remainder of the term of the class of directors in which the vacancy occurred and until his or her successor is elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal. As discussed in greater detail below in “Information on our Board of Directors and Corporate Governance — Director Independence and Family Relationships” our board has determined that seven of the nine current members of our board are independent directors within the meaning of the listing standards of The NASDAQ Global Select Market (the “NASDAQ”) and our corporate governance guidelines.
The nominating and corporate governance committee recommended, and our board nominated, Richard Sanders as nominee for election as a Class II director of our Company at the 2022 Annual Meeting. If elected at the 2022 Annual Meeting, Mr. Sanders will serve until our 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his successor is duly elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal.
Further, the terms of our three Class III directors are set to expire at the 2022 Annual Meeting. The nominating and corporate governance committee recommended, and our board nominated, (i) Emiliano Calemzuk and Marcos Galperin as nominees for re-election, and Andrea Petroni as a nominee for election, as Class III directors of our Company at the 2022 Annual Meeting. Mr. Balls Sallouti has chosen to not run for re-election to serve on the Board of Directors. Mr. Sallouti is relinquishing his position at the end of his current term, which coincides with the date of the Annual Meeting. Mr. Sallouti has served on the Board of Directors since 2014, providing years of valuable contributions to the Company. Mr. Sallouti’s decision not to stand for re-election to the Board was not based on any disagreement with the Company with respect to any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices. If elected at the 2022 Annual Meeting, each of the Class III director nominees will serve until our 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal.
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If any of the nominees is unexpectedly unavailable for election, shares represented by validly delivered proxies will be voted for the election of a substitute nominee proposed by our nominating and corporate governance committee or our board may determine to reduce the size of our board. Each person nominated for election has agreed to serve if elected.
Set forth below is biographical information for the nominees, as well as the key attributes, experience and skills that the board believes each nominee brings to the board.
Process for Director Nominations
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The nominating and corporate governance committee of our board performs the functions of a nominating committee. The nominating and corporate governance committee’s charter describes the committee’s responsibilities, including identifying, reviewing, evaluating and recommending director candidates for nomination by our board. Our corporate governance guidelines also contain information concerning the responsibilities of the nominating and corporate governance committee with respect to identifying and evaluating director candidates. Both documents are published on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com.
Director Candidate Recommendations and Nominations by Stockholders. The nominating and corporate governance committee’s charter provides that the committee will consider director candidates recommended by stockholders. The charter of the nominating and corporate governance committee provides that it will evaluate all candidates for election to our board, regardless of the source from which the candidate was first identified, based on the totality of the merits of each candidate and not based upon minimum qualifications or attributes. Stockholders should submit any such recommendations for the consideration of our nominating and corporate governance committee through the method described under “Stockholder Communications” above. In addition, any stockholder of record entitled to vote for the election of directors may nominate persons for election to our board if that stockholder complies with the notice procedures summarized in “Stockholder Proposals for 2023 Annual Meeting” of this proxy statement.
Process for Identifying and Evaluating Director Candidates. The nominating and corporate governance committee evaluates all director candidates in accordance with the criteria described in our corporate governance guidelines and the nominating and corporate governance committee charter. The committee evaluates any candidate’s qualifications to serve as a member of our board based on the skills and characteristics of individual board members as well as the composition of our board as a whole. In addition, the nominating and corporate governance committee will evaluate a candidate’s independence, skills, experience, reputation, integrity, potential for conflicts of interest and other appropriate qualities in the context of our board’s needs.
Director diversity. We do not have a formal policy about diversity of our board membership, but the nominating and corporate governance committee will consider a broad range of factors when nominating individuals for election as directors, including differences of viewpoint, professional experience, education, skill, other personal qualities and attributes, race, ethnicity, gender and national origin. The nominating and corporate governance committee neither includes nor excludes any candidate from consideration solely based on the candidate’s diversity traits. See “Diversity Matrix” for information about the diversity matrix of our board.
 
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Nominee for Election
as Class II Director


Richard Sanders

Career highlights:
Mr. Sanders is a partner at Permira, a global private equity firm. Mr. Sanders is a member of Permira’s Executive Committee and Investment Committees for their Flagship and Growth Opportunities funds, the latter as Chairman, and is also the co-head of the technology sector investment team. Mr. Sanders joined Permira in 1999 and has spent most of his career based in London. He relocated to the United States of America between 2007 and 2011 to set up Permira’s office in Menlo Park, California. Mr. Sanders currently serves as a director of Allegro.eu (Poland's largest online marketplace). Prior to joining Permira, Mr. Sanders worked for Morgan Stanley in London in the M&A and High Yield Capital Markets divisions. Mr. Sanders holds an MA in Literae Humaniories (Classics) from Oxford University and an MBA from Stanford University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Innovation & Technology: Mr. Sanders has a vast experience with making investment decisions in technology and digital markets industries, and therefore brings a deep understanding of those industries.
Industry Experience: His experience as director of Allegro.eu, which is the company that operates Poland’s leading e-commerce platform, provides an invaluable viewpoint and knowledge to our board when assessing matters related to our Company’s business and strategy and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Private Equity: More than 20 years of experience at a global private equity firm.
Finance: Mr. Sanders professional background has given him extensive financial and M&A transactional skills, as well as exposure to dealing with large institutional investors globally.
Risk Oversight: Extensive experience as director of other companies in the oversight and management of risks.
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Nominees for Election
as Class III Director


Emiliano Calemzuk

Career highlights:
Mr. Calemzuk is the CEO of 890 Fifth Avenue Partners, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company focused on the Media and Entertainment space. Prior to that position, from 2017 to 2020, Mr. Calemzuk was CEO and co-founder of RAZE, a media venture focused on the Hispanic space. In 2015 and 2016 Mr. Calemzuk partnered with Time Inc., publisher of Time, Sports Illustrated, People and other major magazine titles to assist with Time Inc.’s entry into digital video. In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Calemzuk joined Silver Eagle Acquisition Company, as the target company’s Chief Executive Officer designate. Between 1998 and 2012 Mr. Calemzuk had a successful career at News Corporation/Fox. He last served as CEO of Shine Group Americas (Unit of 21st Century Fox) from September 2010 to January 2012. From 2007 to 2010, Calemzuk served as President of Fox Television Studios. Prior to joining Fox Television Studios, Calemzuk was President of Fox International Channels Europe, based in Rome from 2002 to 2007. Before working in Italy, Calemzuk was based in Los Angeles where he served as Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of Fox Latin American Channels overseeing all operating divisions of Fox across 19 countries. Born in 1973 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Calemzuk is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Media & Entertainment: Significant leadership experience in media as CEO of 890 Fifth Avenue Partners, CEO and co-founder of RAZE and President of Fox Television Studios. Mr. Calemzuk is a leader in alternative entertainment and technology genres, uniquely positioning him to provide thoughtful leadership and guidance as MercadoLibre adapts to a changing technology and entertainment world.
Marketing: Extensive marketing experience as CEO of 890 Fifth Avenue Partners, CEO and co-founder of RAZE and President of Fox Television Studios, marketing content to all Latin American audiences via traditional and digital programming.
Management: Valuable business, leadership and management experience, including expertise leading a large organization with global operations such as Fox Television Studios, giving him a keen understanding of the issues facing a multinational business such as MercadoLibre.
Latam Markets: Mr. Calemzuk has led the growth of international operations of Fox in both Latin America and Italy, which has provided him with a broad expertise and understanding of the Latin American markets.
 
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Marcos Galperin

Career highlights:
Mr. Galperin serves on the boards of Onapsis, a cyber-security company and of Satellogic, a leading provider of high resolution satellite imagery. He also served as a director of Globant S.A. (NYSE: GLOB) until his resignation in April 2020 and of Televisa, a media company in Mexico, until his resignation in April 2021. Mr. Galperin is also a member of JP Morgan International Council and a special advisor in MELI Kaszek Pioneer Corporation (NASDAQ: MEKA). Prior to working with us, Mr. Galperin worked in the fixed income department of J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in New York from June to August 1998 and at YPF S.A., an integrated oil company, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was a Futures and Options Associate and managed YPF’s currency and oil derivatives program from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Galperin received an MBA from Stanford University and graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Mr. Galperin is the brother of Nicolás Galperin, a Class II Director.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Entrepreneurship: Mr. Galperin, as co-founder of MercadoLibre, brings to the board his entrepreneurial and innovation skills that he has honed throughout the years at our Company.
Industry Experience: Mr. Galperin’s experience leading MercadoLibre’s growth since its inception enables him to provide a unique perspective to the board regarding the industries where the Company operates.
Media & Entertainment:Mr. Galperin has cultivated valuable knowledge of branding strategy as the co-founder, chief executive officer and president of MercadoLibre.
Management: As the co-founder, chief executive officer and president of our Company, Mr. Galperin has the most long-term and valuable hands-on knowledge of the issues, opportunities and challenges facing us and our business. He provides a critical link between management and the board, enabling the board to perform its oversight function with the benefits of management’s perspectives on the business.
Latam Markets: As the co-founder of MercadoLibre, the largest online commerce ecosystem in Latin America with presence in 18 countries, Mr. Galperin has a deep understanding and broad expertise in the Latin American markets.
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Andrea Mayumi Petroni Merhy

Career highlights:
Andrea Petroni is the Head of Business Advisory and Execution of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Hong Kong Office, responsible for overseeing the Business Selection and Risk Governance framework for Investment Banking Asia Pacific. Prior to that position, from 2016 to 2019, Ms. Petroni was the Head of Finance and Business Management for Banking and Wholesale Payments for Asia Pacific at JP Morgan Chase & Co., Hong Kong Office, responsible for business development, business management, internal financial reporting and controller functions, and from 2016 to 2021 she was a board member, non-executive director of JP Morgan Chase Bank (China) Company limited. She serves as a member of the board of directors of Globant S.A. (NYSE: GLOB). Ms. Petroni has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Escola de Administração de Empresas Fundação Getulio Vargas.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Finance: Ms. Petroni’s experience in senior leadership positions at a global financial institution has given her a strong financial background and experience, which includes reviewing financial statements, interacting with auditors and assessing the financial and business performance of companies around the world.
Risk Oversight: Ms. Petroni brings to the board valuable experience on risk oversight given her role of Head of Business Advisory and Execution of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Hong Kong Office.
Banking: With over 6 years of experience as an active board member at a regulated financial institution in China, Ms. Petroni has a deep understanding of the banking business and financial markets.
Corporate Governance: Extensive experience advising and overseeing corporate governance matters, which will be of great value for the Company in achieving our sustainable growth aspirations. Her extensive international experience, which has led her to build a broad network of relationships across different cultures and countries, brings a unique perspective to our board.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE ELECTION OF THE NOMINEES FOR CLASS II AND CLASS III DIRECTORS NAMED ABOVE.
 
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Information on our Board of Directors and Corporate Governance
Our business is managed by our employees under the direction and oversight of our board. Except for our chief executive officer, none of the members of our board is an employee of MercadoLibre. Our board members remain informed of our business through discussions with management, materials we provide to them, and their participation on the board and in board committee meetings.
We believe open, effective, and accountable corporate governance practices are key to our relationship with our stockholders. Our board has adopted corporate governance guidelines that, along with the charters of our board committees and our code of business conduct and ethics, provide the framework for the governance of our Company. A complete copy of our corporate governance guidelines, the charters of our board committees, and our code of business conduct and ethics may be found on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com. Information contained on or connected to our website is not part of this proxy statement. The board regularly reviews corporate governance developments and modifies these policies as warranted. Any changes in these governance documents will be reflected in the same location of our website.
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Diversity Matrix
Board Diversity Matrix (As of April 27, 2022)
Total Number of Directors
 
 
9
 
 
Female
Male
Non-Binary
Did Not
Disclose
Gender
Part I: Gender Identity:
 
Directors
1
8
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​—
Part II: Demographic Background
 
African American or Black
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​—
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Alaskan Native or Native American
 
Asian
​—
​—
​—
​—
Hispanic or Latinx
6
 
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander White
​—
​—
​—
​—
White
1
4
 
 
 
Two or More Races or Ethnicities
​—
2
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LGBTQ+
 
 
 
 
Did Not Disclose Demographic Background
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Board of Directors
The following is biographical information on the remainder of our continuing directors, as well as the key attributes, experience and skills that the board believes such continuing directors bring to the board.
Class I Directors


Susan Segal

Career Highlights:
Ms. Segal has been president and chief executive officer of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas since August 2003, after having worked in the private sector for more than 30 years. Prior to her current position, Ms. Segal was a founding partner of her own investment advisory firm focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. Previously, she was a partner and Latin American Group Head at JPMorgan Partners/Chase Capital Partners, where she pioneered early stage venture capital investing in Latin America. Prior to joining Chase Capital Partners, Ms. Segal was a senior managing director focused on Emerging Markets Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Chase Bank and its predecessor banks. She was actively involved in developing investment banking, building an emerging-market bond-trading unit for Latin America and was also involved in the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s and early 1990s both chairing and sitting on various advisory committees. Ms. Segal is on the Board of Directors of Scotiabank, where she serves on the Audit and Risk Committees. Additionally, she is a director and chairperson of Scotiabank USA, a non-public subsidiary of Scotiabank. She also serves as a director of the Tinker Foundation, the Bretton Woods Committee and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. She is also a Board member of Vista Oil and Gas, S.A.B. de C.V. and Ribbit Leap, Ltd. In 1999, she was awarded the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins Grado de Gran Oficial in Chile and in 2009 President Uribe of Colombia honored her with the Cruz de San Carlos and in April 2022, President Duque presented her with Order of Boyaca. In 2012, she was awarded the Order of the Mexican Aztec Eagle in Mexico and in 2019 she was awarded Peru’s Order of “Merit for Distinguished Services” in the rank of Grand Official. Ms. Segal received a master’s in business administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Segal previously served as a director of our Company from 1999 to 2002.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Entrepreneurship: Ms. Segal, as a founding partner of her own investment advisory firm focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic markets, brings her entrepreneurial skills to our board.
Private Equity: Ms. Segal’s professional background includes vast experience in private equity and venture capital, with a particular focus in Latin America, which is of great value for our board.
Finance: Her various senior leadership roles in the investment banking industry and as CEO of the AS/COA have given Ms. Segal a deep knowledge on, and a valuable perspective for our board when considering financial matters.
Risk Oversight: Extensive experience as director of other companies in the oversight and management of risks.
Latam Markets: Ms. Segal’s impressive experience includes her background studying the economies of Latin American countries. She is also well-versed in Latin America’s prospects for growth, integration, and economic and social development, and she is knowledgeable about economic inclusion, social empowerment, markets, overall business environment, diversity issues and risk assessment. Ms. Segal’s decades of experience in Latin America have enabled her to create an extensive network among Latin America’s political and business leaders.
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Mario Eduardo Vázquez

Career highlights:
Mr. Vázquez serves as a member of the board of directors and as the president of the audit committee of Despegar.com, Corp. He also served as a director, president of the audit committee and member of the compensation committee of Globant S.A. (NYSE: GLOB) until his resignation in April 2022. Mr. Vázquez served as the chief executive officer of Grupo Telefónica in Argentina from June 2003 to November 2006, and served as a member of the board of directors of Telefónica S.A. Spain from November 2000 to November 2006. He has also served as a regular member of the board of directors of Telefónica Argentina S.A. and Telefónica Holding Argentina S.A., and as alternate member of the board of directors of Telefónica de Chile S.A until 2012. Mr. Vázquez served as a member of the board of directors of YPF S.A. and as the president of the Audit Committee of YPF S.A until 2012. Since November 2006, Mr. Vázquez has pursued personal interests in addition to his service as a director. Mr. Vázquez spent 23 years as a partner and general director of Arthur Andersen for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay (Pistrelli, Diaz y Asociados and Andersen Consulting—Accenture), where he served for a total of 33 years until his retirement in 1993. Mr. Vázquez previously taught as a professor of Auditing at the Economics School of the University of Buenos Aires. Mr. Vázquez received a degree in accounting from the University of Buenos Aires.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Finance: Mr. Vázquez was chosen to join our board specifically to serve our audit committee as its audit committee financial expert. We targeted a director with financial and auditing experience specific to Latin American businesses. He also brings an academic perspective to the position from his time as a professor of Auditing at the Economics School of the University of Buenos Aires.
Innovation & Technology: Extensive experience as a board member of several other technology and other companies, which provides a valuable perspective and insight to our board.
Latam Markets: Mr. Vázquez has experience auditing for Arthur Andersen for 33 years total, including 23 years as a partner and general director, in many Latin American markets, including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.
 
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Alejandro Nicolás Aguzin

Career highlights:
Mr. Aguzin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to that position, from 2020 to May 2021, Mr. Aguzin served as the CEO of J.P. Morgan’s International Private Bank and a member of the Operating Committee for the firm’s Asset & Wealth Management business. Mr. Aguzin held leadership roles spanning lines of business and geographies during his more than 30 years with J.P. Morgan, including serving as Chairman and CEO for the Asia Pacific Region from 2012 to 2020, overseeing the firm’s overall activities across Asia Pacific. Prior to that position, he was CEO for J.P. Morgan Latin America, responsible for overseeing all of J.P. Morgan’ activities in Latin America. He was also the Head of Investment Banking Coverage, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets in the region. He joined J.P. Morgan in 1990 in Buenos Aires as a financial analyst in the Credit Group and has spent his career advising clients on strategic and corporate finance transactions. In 1991, he moved to New York, where he worked in the Corporate Finance Services Group and focused primarily on cross-border mergers and acquisitions for U.S. clients. In 1992, he returned to Buenos Aires in the Investment Banking team where he participated in several privatizations, capital markets and advisory transactions. In 1996, he moved to the Latin America Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York, being appointed head of the group in 2000. In 2002, he expanded his responsibilities and was appointed head of Latin America Investment Banking Coverage, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets, formerly known as Latin America Investment Banking. In 2005, he was appointed CEO for Latin America. During 2008 and 2009, in addition to his responsibilities as CEO for Latin America and head of Latin America Investment Banking, Mr. Aguzin served as Senior Country Officer for Brazil. Mr. Aguzin is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society as well as the Eisenhower Fellowships. He is also a member of the Asia Pacific Council of the Nature Conservancy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Corporate Governance: As the frontline regulator of global companies listed in Hong Kong, Mr. Aguzin brings extensive knowledge relating to governance and regulatory best practices in public companies.
Banking: Mr. Aguzin brings a deep understanding of investment banking activities that provides valuable business experience and critical insights on the roles of finance and strategic transactions in our business.
Finance: Broad experience and vast knowledge on the international financial markets.
Latam Markets: Our board believes that his knowledge of the Latin American and Asian economies and markets, coupled with the professional network that he has developed in those regions throughout his career in investment banking, makes him an asset to our Company.
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CLASS II DIRECTORS

Henrique Dubugras

Career highlights:
Mr. Dubugras is the co-founder & co-CEO of Brex Inc. Brex Inc. is a company reimagining financial systems so every growing company can realize their full potential and take control of their spend and business as they scale. Prior to that position, Mr. Dubugras co-founded Pagar.me, an online payments company, EduqueMe, an educational crowdfunding company aimed at sponsoring Latin American students in United States colleges and Estudar nos EUA, a company aimed at disseminating information and opportunities related to studying abroad for both undergraduate and graduate level students. From September 2016 to March 2017 he studied computer science at Stanford University.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Finance: Mr. Dubugras brings a deep understanding of financial tools and services that provide critical insights to our business.
Entrepreneurship: Mr. Dubugras’ experience with innovation in the startup space promises to introduce new and creative ideas for our growth and place in an evolving world.
Industry Experience: Mr. Dubugras has a wealth of technical and non-technical expertise in the financial services business along with knowledge of various financial services ecosystems. Our board believes that his experience with online payment systems, coupled with his transnational professional network, make him an asset to our Company.
 
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Nicolás Galperin

Career highlights:
Mr. Galperin worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, an investment bank, from 1994 to 2006, and his last position was managing director and head of trading and risk management for the London emerging markets trading desk, as well as a trader of high yield bonds, emerging markets bonds and derivatives in New York and London. In 2006, Mr. Galperin founded Onslow Capital Management Limited, an investment management company that was based in London, and worked at the company until its closure in 2018. Mr. Galperin is now an investor based in London. He graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Galperin is the brother of Marcos Galperin, our chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Key Attributes and Skills:
Entrepreneurship: Mr Galperin brings to the board his entrepreneurial experience the board as founder of Onslow Capital Management Limited, an investment management company that was based in London.
Finance: Mr. Galperin’s career in investment banking and investment management, including serving in various leadership roles at Morgan Stanley and Onslow Capital Management, provides valuable business experience and critical insights on the roles of finance and strategic transactions in our business.
Risk Oversight: Mr. Galperin’s particular focus on emerging capital markets throughout his career and his leadership in risk management contribute key skills to our board.
Latam Markets: Mr. Galperin is based in London and has focused his investment banking and investment management career in emerging markets, which brings to our board valuable global business perspective and knowledge of both Latin American and European markets.
Banking: Extensive experience in banking and investments, which resulted in an understanding of financial statements, corporate finance, accounting and capital markets and fixed income products and derivatives.
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Board Leadership Structure
We do not have a fixed policy with respect to the separation of the offices of the chairman of the board and chief executive officer and believe that any determination in this regard is part of the executive succession planning process. The board understands that there is no single, generally accepted approach to providing board leadership and, in light of the competitive and dynamic environment in which we operate, the appropriate board leadership structure may vary from time to time as circumstances warrant.
Mr. Galperin currently serves as both our chairman and our president and chief executive officer. Our board believes service in these dual roles is in the best interests of our Company and our stockholders. Mr. Galperin co-founded our Company, has served as chief executive officer since our inception and is the only member of management on the board. The board is confident that he possesses the most thorough knowledge of the issues, opportunities and challenges facing us and our business and, accordingly, is the person best positioned to develop agendas that ensure that the board’s time and attention are focused on the most critical matters. His combined role enables decisive leadership, ensures clear accountability and enhances our ability to communicate our message and strategy clearly and consistently to our stockholders, employees and users.
Because the board also believes that strong, independent board leadership is a critical aspect of effective corporate governance, the board has established the position of lead independent director. The lead independent director is an independent director elected annually by the board. Mr. Calemzuk currently serves as the lead independent director, a position to which he was appointed in February 2016. As lead independent director, he chairs and has authority to call formal closed sessions of the independent directors, leads board meetings in the absence of the chairman, and leads the annual board self-assessment process. In addition, the lead independent director, together with the chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee, conducts interviews to confirm the continued qualification and willingness to serve of each director whose term is expiring at an annual meeting prior to the time at which directors are nominated for re- election.
Our board will continually evaluate the current leadership structure of the board with the goal of maximizing its effectiveness.
Board Committees
Board committees help our board perform effectively and efficiently, but do not replace the oversight responsibility of our board as a whole. There are currently three principal standing board committees: the audit committee, the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee. Each committee meets regularly and has a written charter that has been approved by our board, which is available on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com. In addition, at each regularly scheduled board meeting, a member of each committee reports on any significant matters addressed by the committee subsequent to the board’s most recent prior meeting. Each committee performs an annual self-assessment to evaluate its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations.
The following table lists the members of each of our three principal standing board committees as of the filing date of this Proxy Statement:
 
Audit
Compensation
Nominating & Corporate Governance
Emiliano Calemzuk*
 
Susan Segal*
Mario Vázquez*
Nicolás Aguzin*
Member  Chair
* Independent Director.
 
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Audit Committee
MEMBERS
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
Mario Vázquez (Chairman & Financial Expert)
Nicolás Aguzin
Susan Segal
  Reviewing the performance of our independent registered public accounting firm and making recommendations to our board regarding the appointment or termination of our independent registered public accounting firm;
  Considering and approving, in advance, all audit and non-audit services to be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm;
  Overseeing management’s establishment and maintenance of our accounting and financial reporting processes, including our internal controls and disclosure controls and procedures, and the audits of our financial statements;
  Establishing procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by us regarding accounting, internal control or auditing matters and the confidential, anonymous submission by our employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;
  Investigating any matter brought to its attention within the scope of its duties and engaging independent counsel and other advisers as the audit committee deems necessary;
  Determining compensation of the independent registered public accounting firm, compensation of advisors hired by the audit committee and ordinary administrative expenses;
  Reviewing annual and quarterly financial statements prior to their release;
  Preparing the report required by the rules and regulations of the SEC to be included in our annual proxy statement;
  Reviewing and assessing the adequacy of the committee’s formal written charter on an annual basis;
  Reviewing and discussing with management our major risk exposures, including financial, operational, privacy, security, cybersecurity, competition, legal and regulatory risks, and the steps we have taken to detect, monitor and actively manage such exposures;
  Reviewing significant legal, compliance and regulatory matters that could have a material impact on our financial statements or our business, including material notices to or inquiries received from governmental agencies;
  Receiving and considering the independent auditors’ comments as to controls, adequacy of staff, and management performance and procedures in connection with audit and financial controls;
  Reviewing the experience and qualifications of senior members of the internal audit function on an annual basis, including the responsibilities, staffing, budget and quality control procedures of the internal audit function; and
  Handling such other matters that are specifically delegated to the audit committee by our board from time to time.
INDEPENDENCE
3 out of 3
MEETINGS IN 2021
5
ACTONS BY UNANIMOUS
WRITTEN CONSENT
10
For more information, please see “Audit Committee Report” of this proxy statement.
Our board has adopted a written charter for our audit committee, which is posted on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com.
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Compensation Committee
MEMBERS
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
Emiliano Calemzuk (Chairman)
Mario Vázquez
Susan Segal
  Recommending to our board for determination, the compensation and benefits of all of our executive officers and key employees;
  Recommending to our board for determination, the compensation and benefits of non-employee directors;
  Monitoring and reviewing our compensation and benefit plans to ensure that they meet corporate objectives;
  Administering our stock plans and other incentive compensation plans and preparing recommendations and periodic reports to our board concerning these matters;
  Preparing the report required by the rules and regulations of the SEC to be included in our annual proxy statement and assisting management in the preparation of the compensation discussion and analysis included in this proxy statement; and
  Such other matters that are specifically delegated to the compensation committee by our board from time to time.
INDEPENDENCE
3 out of 3
MEETINGS IN 2021
2
ACTONS BY UNANIMOUS
WRITTEN CONSENT
1
Our board has adopted a written charter for our compensation committee, which is posted on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com.
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
During fiscal year 2021, Messrs. Calemzuk (Chairman), Vazquez, Malka and Ms. Segal served as members of our compensation committee. None of the members of our compensation committee during fiscal year 2021 has ever been an officer or employee of our Company or our subsidiaries or had any relationship with us requiring disclosure as a related party transaction under applicable rules of the SEC. During fiscal year 2021, none of our executive officers served as a member of the compensation committee of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on our compensation committee; none of our executive officers served as a director of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on our compensation committee; and none of our executive officers served as a member of the compensation committee of another entity, one of whose executive officers served as a member of our board. All members of our compensation committee during fiscal year 2021 are independent in accordance with the applicable rules of NASDAQ and our corporate governance guidelines.
 
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Information on our Board of Directors and Corporate Governance

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
MEMBERS
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
Emiliano Calemzuk (Chairman)
Mario Vázquez
Nicolás Aguzin
  Recommending to our board for selection, nominees for election to our board;
  Making recommendations to our board regarding the size and composition of the board, committee structure and membership and retirement procedures affecting board members;
  Monitoring our performance in meeting our obligations of fairness in internal and external matters and our principles of corporate governance;
  Reviewing correspondence received from stockholders; and
  Such other matters that are specifically delegated to the nominating and corporate governance committee by our board from time to time.
INDEPENDENCE
3 out of 3
MEETINGS IN 2021
3
ACTONS BY UNANIMOUS
WRITTEN CONSENT
1
Our board has adopted a written charter for our nominating and corporate governance committee, which is posted on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com. That charter requires the nominating and corporate governance committee to consider the desired composition of our board, including such factors as expertise and diversity, and our corporate governance guidelines provide that, in consideration of the composition of our board, diversity of backgrounds and expertise should be emphasized. See “Process for Director Nominations – Director diversity.”
Other Committees
The mergers and acquisitions committee reviews and assesses, and assists our board in reviewing and assessing, potential acquisitions, investments and dispositions. This committee is comprised of Ms. Susan Segal and Mr. Nicolás Aguzin.
From time to time, our board may establish other committees as circumstances warrant. Those committees will have the authority and responsibility as delegated to them by our board.
Risk Oversight
Our board of directors, both directly and through its committees, including the audit committee, provides various forms of risk oversight. As part of this process, the board seeks to identify, prioritize, source, manage and monitor our critical risks. To this end, our board periodically, and at least annually, reviews the material risks faced by us, our risk management processes and systems and the adequacy of our policies and procedures designed to respond to and mitigate these risks.
The board has generally retained the primary risk oversight function and has an active role, in its entirety and also at the committee level, in overseeing management of our material risks. The board regularly reviews information regarding our operations, strategic plans and liquidity, as well as the risks associated with each. The board is also updated annually on climate-related risks and opportunities. The audit committee oversees management of financial and internal control risks as well as the risks associated with related party transactions. Our head of internal audit reports directly to the audit committee. The compensation committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks relating to our executive compensation plans and arrangements. The nominating and corporate governance committee oversees the management of risks associated with the composition and independence of our board and oversees our corporate governance policies and procedures related to risk management, including our whistleblower procedures, which are also overseen by our audit committee, insider trading policy and corporate governance guidelines. In January 2021, we created the position of head of risk and compliance, who reports directly to the audit committee. While each committee is responsible for evaluating certain risks and overseeing the management of such risks, in practice the entire board of directors is regularly informed through committee reports about such risks.
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Board Effectiveness and Director Performance Reviews
It is important to us that our board and its committees are performing effectively and in the best interests of our Company and our stockholders. The board and each committee performs an annual self-assessment to evaluate its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations. As part of this annual self-assessment, directors are able to provide feedback on the performance of other directors. Our lead independent director follows up on this feedback and takes such further action with directors receiving comments and other directors as he deems appropriate.
Succession Planning
The board recognizes the importance of effective executive leadership to MercadoLibre’s success, and meets to discuss executive succession planning at least annually. As part of this process, our board reviews the capabilities of our senior leadership as set out in written succession planning documents and identifies and discusses potential successors for members of our executive team, including the chief executive officer. Our nominating and corporate governance committee leads the succession planning process for our chief executive officer and other senior officers and performs a similar analysis with respect to the rest of our board.
Outside Advisors
The board and each of its committees may retain outside advisors and consultants of their choosing at our expense. The board does not need to obtain management’s consent to retain outside advisors.
Directors Attendance at Meetings of our Board of Directors and Board Committees
Our board held six meetings and took four actions by written consent during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. All of our directors attended 75% or more of the aggregate of all meetings of the board of directors and the board committees on which they served during 2021.
Attendance at Annual Meetings
We do not have a policy regarding director attendance at annual meetings of our stockholders. Three members of our board of directors attended our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Formal Closed Sessions
At the conclusion of each regularly scheduled board meeting, the independent directors have the opportunity to meet without our management or the other directors. The lead independent director leads these discussions.
Stockholder Communications with our Board
Stockholders may communicate with our board, board committees or individual directors, including the lead independent director, c/o Corporate Secretary, WTC Free Zone Dr. Luis Bonavita 1294, Of. 1733, Tower II Montevideo, Uruguay, 11300. The nominating and corporate governance committee has delegated responsibility for initial review of stockholder communications to our head of Investor Relations. In accordance with the committee’s instructions, our investor relations team will summarize all correspondence and make it available to each member of our board. In addition, our head of Investor Relations will forward copies of all stockholder correspondence to each member of the nominating and corporate governance committee, except for communications that are (a) advertisements or promotional communications, (b) solely related to complaints by users with respect to ordinary course of business customer service and satisfaction issues or (c) clearly unrelated to our business, industry, management or board or committee matters.
 
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Director Compensation
Director compensation is determined by our board following a recommendation from our compensation committee. Only the directors who our board determines to be independent directors receive compensation for their service.
On August 6, 2019, our board, upon the recommendation of the compensation committee, adopted a director compensation program that set compensation for our independent directors for service during the one year periods commencing at the Company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in 2019, 2020 and 2021. For 2021, each independent director received an annual cash retainer fee for board services and a grant of shares of restricted stock. The cash retainer fee consisted of a fixed cash payment of $72,000. The shares of restricted stock (“Shares”) had a value equal to $120,000, based on the market value of the Company’s stock. The Shares are subject to forfeiture and transfer restrictions until the date of the annual shareholders’ meeting taking place in the year after which the independent director received such Shares. Additional annual cash retainer fees were paid to each individual serving the Board in one of the following capacities.
Lead independent director
$30,000
Audit committee chair
$21,913
Compensation committee chair
$21,913
Nominating and corporate governance
committee chair
$15,000
Both the cash and equity-based compensation is subject to forfeiture in the event that any independent director does not complete the full year of service for which such compensation is due.
The compensation committee periodically reviews our director compensation policy with the primary objective of matching compensation levels to the relative demands associated with serving on our board and its various committees.
Directors who are not classified as independent directors by our board do not receive any compensation for their service as directors on our board. We reimburse our non-employee directors for travel and other reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings of our board and its committees.
The following table summarizes compensation earned by our non-employee directors for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. Mr. Nicolás Galperin receives no compensation for his service on the board, in accordance with our policy not to compensate non-independent directors, and is not included in this table. Mr. Sanders became a member of our board in 2022 and so is not included in this table.
Name
Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash(1)
Stock Awards(2)
Total
Emiliano Calemzuk
$128,124
$119,832
$247,956
Meyer Malka(3)
46,967
59,989
106,956
Henrique Dubugras(4)
36,157
59,843
96,000
Susan Segal
72,168
119,832
192,000
Mario Eduardo Vázquez
94,081
119,832
213,913
Roberto Balls Sallouti
72,168
119,832
192,000
Alejandro Nicolás Aguzin
72,168
119,832
192,000
Total
$521,833
$718,992
$1,240,825
1.
The amounts in this column include all fees earned for fiscal year 2021, as described above, and additional cash retainers for committee chairs and the lead independent director. As a result, the amounts include (i) the portion of the fees earned under the 2021 Director Compensation Program for the period June to December, 2021 and (ii) the portion of the fees earned under the 2020 Director Compensation Program for the period January to June, 2021.
2.
The amounts in this column include the fair value at the grant dates for stock awards earned during the fiscal year 2021, calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Under the terms of the Director Compensation Program, fair value means (i) the closing price of the shares as listed on NASDAQ (or other national exchange on which such shares may be publicly traded) or (ii) in the absence of an established market for the shares, the fair market value determined in good faith by the Board or a committee appointed by the Board to administer the plan.
3.
Mr. Malka relinquished his position at the end of his term, which coincided with the date of the 2021 Annual Meeting.
4.
Mr. Henrique Dubugras was elected as a Class II director of our Company at the 2021 Annual Meeting.
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Additional Governance Matters
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Our board has adopted a code of business conduct and ethics that applies to our officers, directors and employees. Among other matters, our code of business conduct and ethics is designed to deter wrongdoing and to promote:
honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;
full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in our SEC filings and other public communications;
compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations;
prompt internal reporting of violations of the code to appropriate persons identified in the code; and
accountability for adherence to the code.
Our audit committee must approve any waiver of the code of business conduct and ethics for our executive officers or directors, and any waiver shall be promptly disclosed. We intend to satisfy the disclosure requirement under Item 5.05 of Form 8-K relating to amendments to or waivers from any provision of the code of business conduct and ethics applicable to our chief executive officer and chief financial officer by posting the required information on our investor relations section of our website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com.
Transparency
We believe it is important that our stockholders understand our governance practices. In order to help ensure the transparency of our practices, we have posted information regarding our corporate governance procedures on our investor relations website at http://investor.mercadolibre.com.
Corporate Hotline
We have an anonymous and confidential whistleblower hotline for employees and third parties to report illegal or non- ethical behaviors. Complaints received through the hotline are analyzed and investigated by a compliance team appointed by the Head of Risk and Compliance to that effect. If the investigation confirms any wrongdoing, a report is issued with a recommendation of corrective actions that aim to remedy the situation and/or identify and control any other irregularities. In turn, the Company’s Management will follow the recommendations in the report by implementing those remediate actions.
Director Independence and Family Relationships
NASDAQ rules require listed companies to have a board of directors with at least a majority of independent directors. Under NASDAQ’s rules, in order for a director to be deemed independent, our board must determine that the individual does not have a relationship that would interfere with the director’s exercise of independent judgment in carrying out his or her responsibilities as a director of our Company. As part of our corporate governance guidelines, our board has adopted guidelines setting forth categories of relationships that it has deemed material for purposes of making a determination regarding a director’s independence. On an annual basis, each member of our board is required to complete a questionnaire designed to provide information to assist our board in determining whether the director is independent under NASDAQ rules and our corporate governance guidelines. Our board has determined that each of Messrs. Calemzuk, Vázquez, Sallouti, Aguzin, Dubugras, Sanders, Malk and Ms. Segal, is independent under the listing standards of NASDAQ and our corporate governance guidelines. Our board has determined that Ms. Petroni will also be considered an independent director if she is elected at the Annual Meeting. Our governance guidelines require any director who has previously been determined to be independent to inform the chairman of our board and our corporate secretary of any change in circumstance that may cause his or her status as an independent director to change.
 
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Additional Governance Matters

Other than our chief executive officer and Mr. Nicolás Galperin, who are brothers, there are no family relationships among our officers and directors, nor are there any arrangements or understandings between any of our directors or officers or any other person pursuant to which any officer or director was or is to be selected as an officer or director.
Conflicts of Interest
We expect our directors, executives and employees to conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity, ethics and honesty. MercadoLibre’s credibility and reputation depend upon the good judgment, ethical standards and personal integrity of each director, executive and employee. In order to better protect MercadoLibre and its stockholders, we periodically review our code of business conduct and ethics to ensure that it provides clear guidance to our directors, executives and employees.
Anti-hedging and anti-pledging policies
Our directors and employees (including officers) and any of their designees are prohibited from engaging in hedging transactions with respect to Company securities, including through the use of derivative instruments or through the establishment of a short position in the Company’s securities. In addition, directors and employees (including officers) and any of their designees are prohibited from pledging Company securities as collateral for a loan or from holding Company securities in a margin account.
Certain Relationships and related transactions
Indemnification Agreements
We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and executive officers that obligate us to indemnify them to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law.
Review, Approval or Ratification of Transactions with Related Parties
The board has delegated to the audit committee the responsibility to review and approve all transactions or series of transactions in which we or a subsidiary is a participant, the amount involved exceeds $120,000 and a “related person” (as defined in Item 404 of Regulation S-K) has a direct or indirect material interest. As set forth in the audit committee charter, transactions that fall within this definition will be referred to the audit committee for approval, ratification or other action. Based on its consideration of all of the relevant facts and circumstances, the audit committee will decide whether or not to approve the transaction and will approve only those transactions that are in the best interests of our Company.
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Executive Officers
Our executive officers serve at the discretion of our board, and serve until their successors are elected and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal. The following table contains information regarding our executive officers as of April 27, 2022.
Name
Age
Position
Marcos Galperin
50
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Pedro Arnt
48
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ariel Szarfsztejn
40
Executive Vice President - Commerce
Osvaldo Giménez
52
Fintech President
Daniel Rabinovich
44
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Marcelo Melamud
51
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Juan Martín de la Serna
55
Executive Vice President - Corporate Affairs
For biographical information on our chief executive officer, please see the biographical description provided above under the caption “Information on Our Board of Directors and Corporate Governance.”

Pedro Arnt has served as our financial officer since June 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment as chief financial officer, Mr. Arnt served in various capacities since joining MercadoLibre in December 1999. He initially led the business development and marketing teams as vice president, and later managed our customer service operations. He then held the position of vice president of strategic planning, treasury and investor relations, actively participating in our transition from a private to a public company, and playing an important role in capital markets, corporate finance, strategic planning and treasury initiatives. Prior to joining MercadoLibre, Mr. Arnt worked for The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Arnt also currently serves as a director of Allegro.eu (Poland’s largest online marketplace). He is a Brazilian citizen and holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Haverford College and a master’s degree from the University of Oxford.
 
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Osvaldo Giménez has been our Fintech President since August 2020. Prior to this appointment, he was responsible for MercadoPago operations, a position to which he was appointed in February 2004. Mr. Giménez joined MercadoLibre in January 2000 as country manager of Argentina and Chile. Before joining us, Mr. Giménez was an associate in Booz Allen and Hamilton and worked for Santander Investments in New York. Mr. Giménez received a master’s in business administration from Stanford University and graduated from Buenos Aires Technological Institute with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.


Daniel Rabinovich has been our Chief Operating Officer since August 2020. Prior to this appointment, from 2019 until August 2020, Mr. Rabinovich was our Chief Operating Officer (Product & Technology), and prior to that he served as our Chief Technology Officer, a position to which he was appointed in January 2011. Before his appointment as Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Rabinovich served as our vice president of product development since January 2009, having joined MercadoLibre in March 2000 as an application architect. Before joining us, he worked in the application architecture team at PeopleSoft. Mr. Rabinovich holds a master’s degree in Technological Services Management from the Universidad de San Andres and graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in information systems.


Marcelo Melamud is a senior vice president and has served as our chief accounting officer since August 2008. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Melamud served as our vice president— administration and control, a position to which was appointed in April 2008. From July 2004 through March 2008, he served as the director of finance of MDM Hotel Group, a developer, owner and operator of Marriott branded hotels in Miami, Florida. From July 1998 through July 2004, Mr. Melamud worked in various finance roles for Fidelity Investments, a provider of investment products and services. During his work at Fidelity Investments, Mr. Melamud served as the director of finance of the World Trade Center Boston/Seaport Hotel and he also served as the director of finance of MetroRed Telecom Group Ltd., a fiber-optic telecommunication provider of data, value added and hosting services within Latin America. Mr. Melamud received his master’s in business administration from the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and is a certified public accountant in Argentina.
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Juan Martin de la Serna is an Executive Vice President in charge of Corporate Affairs and is Argentina’s President since 2020. Prior To this appointment, he served as Business Development Manager from 1999 until 2001, Head of Category Management from 2001 to 2004, Country Manager responsible for overseeing the Company's operations in Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Perú, Costa Rica, Panamá and Dominican Republic from 2004 to 2012 and Senior Vice President of Mercado Envíos from 2012 to 2020. Before joining us, Mr. de la Serna worked in financial markets for more than 10 years. He was also President of the Argentina Chamber of Commerce (Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electrónico) (CACE) in 2009. Mr. de la Serna graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in economics.


Ariel Szarfsztejn has served as an Executive Vice President of Commerce since January 2022. He joined Mercado Libre in 2017 as Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. Then, from 2018 to 2020 he was Vice President of Mercado Envios, and from 2020 to 2021 Senior Vice President and head of Mercado Envios. Before joining Mercado Libre, Mr. Szarfsztejn worked at Despegar (NYSE: DESP) where he was responsible for managing the hotels business unit. Prior to that, he spent several years leading strategy consulting projects for Boston Consulting Group in Latin America. Mr. Szarfsztejn holds a Cum-Laude Degree in Economics from University of Buenos Aires and has an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
 
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Delinquent Section 16(a) Reports
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), requires our officers and directors, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities, to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership of our common stock with the SEC. Officers, directors and greater-than-10% stockholders are required by SEC regulations to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) reports that they file.
Based solely upon review of the copies of such reports furnished to us or prepared by us and written representations that no other such reports were required, we believe that during the period from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to our officers, directors and greater-than-10% beneficial owners were complied with on a timely basis, with the exception of one transaction for Emiliano Calemzuk that was reported on a Form 4 filed on June 14, 2021.
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Beneficial Ownership of Our Common Stock
The following tables set forth information, as of April 12, 2022, regarding the beneficial ownership of our common stock. This information is based solely on SEC filings made by the individuals and entities by that date and upon information submitted to us by our directors, director nominee and executive officers, and includes:
each person that is known by us to be a beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding equity securities;
each of our named executive officers;
each of our directors and our director nominee; and
all directors and executive officers as a group.
Except as indicated in the footnotes to this table, we believe that each stockholder identified in the table possesses sole voting and investment power over all shares shown as beneficially owned by the stockholder. Shares of common stock subject to options that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of the date of this proxy statement are considered outstanding and beneficially owned by the person holding the options for the purposes of computing the percentage ownership of that person but are not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Unless indicated otherwise in the footnotes, the address of each individual listed in the table is c/o MercadoLibre, Inc., WTC Free Zone Dr. Luis Bonavita 1294, Of. 1733, Tower II Montevideo, Uruguay, 11300.
 
Total Common Stock(1)
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner
Number
Percentage
Five percent stockholders (1):
 
 
Baillie Gifford & Co. (2)
4,957,539
9.84%
Galperin Trust (3)
3,900,000
7.74%
Capital Research Global Investors (4)
4,641,606
9.21%
Directors and executive officers:
 
 
Marcos Galperin
Pedro Arnt
19,129
*
Osvaldo Giménez
18,385
*
Daniel Rabinovich
Stelleo Tolda (5)
91,003
*
Marcelo Melamud
55
*
Emiliano Calemzuk (6)(7)
320
*
Nicolás Galperin
Richard Sanders
Susan Segal (7)
403
*
Mario Vázquez (7)
2,757
*
Roberto Balls Sallouti (7)
403
*
Alejandro Nicolás Aguzin (7)
4,403
*
Ariel Szarfsztejn (8)
76
*
 
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Beneficial Ownership of Our Common Stock

 
Total Common Stock(1)
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner
Number
Percentage
Juan Martín de la Serna
500
*
Henrique Dubugras (7)(9)
933
*
Andrea Mayumi Petroni Merhy
All directors, director nominee and executive officers as a group (17 persons)
138,367
*
*
Indicates less than 1% ownership
1.
Based on an aggregate amount of 50,377,981- shares of our common stock issued and outstanding as of April 12, 2022.
2.
According to a Schedule 13G/A filed on January 26, 2022 by Baillie Gifford & Co., Calton Square, 1 Greenside Row, Edinburgh, EH1 3AN, Scotland, UK (“Baillie Gifford”), a non-U.S. institution, Baillie Gifford is the beneficial owner of 4,957,539 shares of our common stock. Baillie Gifford has sole voting power over 4,217,857 shares of our common stock and sole dispositive power over 4,957,539 shares of our common stock. Securities reported on the Schedule 13G/A as being beneficially owned by Baillie Gifford are held by Baillie Gifford and/or one or more of its investment adviser subsidiaries, which may include Baillie Gifford Overseas Limited, on behalf of investment advisory clients, which may include investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act, employee benefit plans, pension funds or other institutional clients.
3.
According to a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 3, 2021 jointly by the Galperin Trust, Alpenstrasse 15, Zug, CH-6304,Switzerland (the “Trust”), Meliga No. 1 Limited Partnership (“Meliga LP”) and Volorama Stichting (each a “Reporting Person”), each Reporting Person is the beneficial owner of 3,900,000 shares of our common stock, resulting from gifts to the Trust of an aggregate of 4,253,225 shares of common stock by Marcos Galperin and his spouse (collectively, the “Settlors”) in connection with an estate planning transaction. Meliga LP sold 253,225 and 100,000 shares of Common Stock on August 5, 2016 and on December 9, 2020, respectively. The Trust is an irrevocable trust formed under New Zealand law by the Settlors that was established for the benefit of Mr. Galperin’s children and parents and certain charitable organizations. Intertrust Suisse Trustee GMBH (the “Trustee”) acts as the independent trustee of the Trust. As part of the estate planning transactions, the Trust concurrently transferred the Galperin Trust Shares to Meliga LP, a New Zealand limited partnership in which the Trust owns an approximately 99.999% limited partnership interest. Volorama Stichting, a Dutch foundation based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, serves as the general partner (the “General Partner”) of Meliga LP. Pursuant to the limited partnership agreement of Meliga LP, the Galperin Trust Shares may not be voted or disposed of without the approval of the Trust (as limited partner) and the General Partner. In addition, pursuant to the settlement deed of the Trust, the Trustee is required to obtain the majority approval of a protective committee comprised of three individuals prior to taking any action with respect to voting or disposing of any of the Galperin Trust Shares. The Trust and Volorama Stichting each have shared voting power over 3,900,000 shares of our common stock and shared dispositive power over 3,900,000 shares of our common stock, and Meliga LP has shared voting power over 3,900,000 shares of our common stock and sole dispositive power over 3,900,000 shares of our common stock.
4.
According to a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 11, 2022 by Capital Research Global Investors, 333 South Hope Street, 55th Fl, Los Angeles, California 90071 (“Capital Research”), an investment adviser registered under Section 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E)of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Capital Research is the beneficial owner of 4,641,606 shares of our common stock. Capital Research has sole voting power over 4,638,566 shares of our common stock and sole dispositive power over 4,641,606 shares of our common stock. Capital Research Global Investors is a division of Capital Research and Management Company (“CRMC”), as well as its investment management subsidiaries and affiliates Capital Bank and Trust Company, Capital International, Inc., Capital International Limited, Capital International Sarl, Capital International K.K. and Capital Group Private Client Services, Inc. (together with CRMC, the “investment management entities”). Capital Research divisions of each of the investment management entities collectively provide investment management services under the name “Capital Research Global Investors.”
5.
Includes 91,003 shares held by Tool, Ltd., of which Stelleo Tolda owns all of the outstanding equity.
6.
Includes 170 shares of common stock owned indirectly through a retirement account.
7.
Includes 88 shares of common stock, subject to forfeiture and transfer restrictions until the 2022 Annual Meeting of the shareholders of MercadoLibre, Inc.
8.
Includes one share of common stock in the form of 60 MercadoLibre, Inc. CEDEARs.
9.
Includes 845 shares held indirectly through TDB Capital LLC.
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Executive Compensation
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
In this section, we describe and discuss our executive compensation program, including our philosophy to align our executive officers’ incentive compensation with stockholder value creation, the material elements of and total compensation paid to each of our named executive officers in 2021 and the processes used by our compensation committee when making compensation decisions.
The named executive officers in this proxy statement are:
Marcos Galperin, President and Chief Executive Officer
Pedro Arnt, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Stelleo Tolda, Commerce President
Osvaldo Giménez, Fintech President
Daniel Rabinovich, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Stelleo Tolda resigned from his position as Commerce President and as an executive officer of the Company, effective December 31, 2021. Mr. Tolda remained employed by the Company through March 31, 2022. On April 8, 2022, we entered into an Advisory Services Agreement with Mr. Tolda whereby he will provide us with certain consulting and advisory services as an independent contractor for a three-year period for a fee of $10,000 per month. We also entered into a restricted stock award agreement with Mr. Tolda on April 8, 2022, whereby we will award Mr. Tolda a grant of 5,051 shares of restricted stock under the Amended and Restated 2009 Equity Compensation Plan. One-fifth of the restricted stock award vests on each of the five anniversaries of the grant date, subject to Mr. Tolda’s continued compliance with the restrictive covenants set forth in the agreement.
The Executive Summary below provides an overview of our performance during 2021 and its correlation to our compensation decisions and practices.
Executive Summary
Executive Compensation Program Philosophy and Objectives
We operate in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive market that requires a highly qualified executive management team with strong operational skills. Our executive compensation philosophy is designed to align the compensation of our named executive officers with our business objectives and reward performance over both the short and long term. In evaluating the individual components of overall compensation for each of our named executive officers, the compensation committee reviews not only the individual elements of compensation, but also total compensation. By design, a significant portion of the compensation awarded under our executive compensation program is contingent upon Company performance, in the case of our president and chief executive officer, and both individual and Company performance, in the case of our other named executive officers. The committee remains committed to this philosophy of pay-for-performance and will continue to review executive compensation programs for the best methods to promote stockholder value through employee incentives.
We are committed to providing an executive compensation program that supports the following goals and philosophies:
aligning our management team’s interests with stockholders’ expectations;
effectively compensating our management team for actual performance over the short and long term;
attracting and retaining an experienced and effective management team;
motivating and rewarding our management team to produce growth and performance for our stockholders that is sustainable and consistent with prudent risk-taking and based on sound corporate governance practices; and
providing market competitive levels of target (i.e., opportunity) compensation.
 
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Consideration of 2021 Stockholder Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation
At the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, stockholders approved our 2020 advisory vote on executive compensation with approximately 86.34% of the votes cast in favor. We believe that strong support of our stockholders for the 2021 say-on-pay vote proposal indicates that our stockholders are generally supportive of our approach to executive compensation. In the future, we will continue to consider the outcome of our say-on-pay votes and other stockholder feedback when making compensation decisions regarding our named executive officers.
Structure of Our 2021 Executive Compensation Program
As discussed in more detail below, our 2021 executive compensation program is comprised of three different compensation elements:
Element of Pay
Description of Element
Base Salary
Annual fixed cash compensation established based on the scope of the responsibilities and individual experience of our named executive officers, taking into account competitive market compensation.
Annual Bonus
Annual cash bonuses to compensate named executive officers for achieving short-term financial and operational goals during the preceding fiscal year.
Long-Term Retention Plan Bonus (“LTRP”)
Long-term cash incentive paid over a six-year period through annual fixed payments as well as annual variable payments that depend on the value of our stock over the six-year period over which the bonus is paid.
Highlights of Our Executive Compensation Program in 2021
In making its compensation decisions for the 2021 performance year, the compensation committee recognized our Company’s 2021 results and the contributions and accomplishments of the named executive officers to our continuing growth story. The following is a summary of the highlights of our 2021 executive compensation program:
Base salary represents a relatively small percentage of total direct compensation for our named executive officers, with a significant portion of our named executive officers’ compensation based on the Company’s demonstrated performance. As illustrated below, 97.7% of our chief executive officer’s total target direct compensation for our 2021 fiscal year was performance based and 91.8% of our other named executive officers’ average total target direct compensation was performance based.
A portion of the compensation awarded under our 2021 executive compensation program is contingent upon both individual and Company performance, with respect to our named executive officers. In 2021, subject to satisfaction of the Minimum Eligibility Conditions (described under “2021 Annual Bonus Performance Elements” below), the total amount of our chief executive officer’s annual bonus was based on pre-determined Company performance criteria. For each of our other named executive officers, subject to satisfaction of the Minimum Eligibility Conditions, the cash award was partially based on pre-determined Company performance criteria and partially based on qualitative assessment of individual performance.
The bonuses granted to our named executive officers under our 2021 LTRP are paid out over a period of six years and subject to forfeiture if a named executive officer retires, resigns or terminates his employment for any reason, or if a named executive officer takes certain specified actions that could adversely affect our business. In addition, 50% of the cash payable under the 2021 LTRP will move in tandem with increases or decreases in our stock price during the six year period over which the bonus is paid.
We continue to provide no executive perquisites.
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How Compensation Decisions are Made
Role of the Compensation Committee
Our compensation committee reviews and sets all compensation programs applicable to our executive officers and directors, our overall compensation strategy for all employees, and the specific compensation of our executive officers on an annual basis. In the course of this review, the compensation committee considers our current compensation programs and whether to modify them or introduce new programs or elements of compensation in order to better meet our overall compensation objectives. The compensation committee has the authority to select, retain and terminate special counsel and other experts (including compensation consultants), as the committee deems appropriate. Our compensation committee has, from time to time, engaged compensation consultants to assist the compensation committee in reviewing and developing recommendations related to fixed and performance-based compensation for our named executive officers as well as the market terms for our LTRP agreements.
Role of Executive Officers and Consultants
While the compensation committee determines our overall compensation philosophy and sets the compensation of our executive officers, it looks to our chief executive officer and the senior vice president of human resources and the compensation consultants retained by the committee, if any, to work within the compensation philosophy to make recommendations to the compensation committee with respect to both overall guidelines and specific compensation decisions. Each of our chief executive officer and our senior vice president of human resources provides the board and the compensation committee with their perspectives on the performance of our executive officers as part of the annual personnel review and succession planning discussions, and recommends to the compensation committee specific salary amounts for executive officers, other than the chief executive officer, and recommendations on other compensation programs, which the compensation committee considers before making final compensation determinations. Our senior vice president of human resources works closely with the chairman of our compensation committee and attends certain compensation committee meetings to provide perspectives on the competitive landscape and the needs of the business, information regarding our performance, and technical advice.
The compensation committee establishes compensation levels for our chief executive officer on its own or in consultation with the compensation consultants it retains, if any, and our chief executive officer is not present during any of these discussions.
Competitive Considerations
To set total compensation guidelines, the compensation committee reviews market data of companies against which the compensation committee believes our Company competes for executive talent. The committee believes that it is necessary to consider this market data in making compensation decisions in order to attract and retain top-notch executive talent.
With the aim of gaining accuracy in our process of compensation benchmarking, in 2020, we revisited and introduced some minor changes to our previous compensation peer group based on public information available about both size of revenues and market capitalization of each selected company, resulting in a list of companies that we considered when analyzing and making decisions relating to our 2020 compensation process. We continued to look to the same companies with respect to our 2021 compensation process. The companies include: Facset, Twitter, IBM, eBay, NortonLifeLock, Block, Fiserv, Activision Blizzard, Service Now, Citrix Systems, Intuit, Vmware, Verizon, NetApp, Workday, Electronic Arts and Booking Holdings.
We also participate and analyze different surveys of market compensation practices in our industry and broadly across all industries. To determine 2021 executive officer compensation, our compensation committee takes into consideration information about compensation peers and market survey to craft competitive compensation packages appropriate for our particular executives.
Elements of Compensation
The following table summarizes the various elements of compensation paid to our named executive officers, in each of 2021, 2020 and 2019. Due to the SEC’s reporting requirements, the information set forth in the table below may not correspond with the amounts included in the table under the caption “Summary Compensation Table” below. However, we believe the following summary to be a more accurate reflection of the compensation actually paid in each of these years to our named executive officers.
 
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Elements of Compensation Paid to Named Executive Officers in 2021, 2020 and 2019
in U.S. dollars
Year
Base
Salary
($)(1)
Annual
Bonus
($)(1)(2)(3)
Long Term Retention Plans (Cash)(4)
Total
($)(*)
2012
($)
2014
($)
2015
($)
2016
($)
2017
($)
2019
($)
2020
($)(2)
2021
$
Marcos Galperin
President and CEO
2021
400,146
343,232
6,707,822
4,696,339
2,716,874
1,798,279
1,009,162
17,671,854
2020
350,973
264,355
6,067,354
6,883,905
4,815,408
2,779,380
1,834,748
22,996,123
2019
507,186
103,886
989,436
2,810,295
2,650,085
2,965,835
2,165,974
1,388,541
13,581,238
Pedro Arnt Executive VP and CFO
2021
369,264
190,033
1,263,413
884,552
705,374
262,006
3,674,642
2020
324,904
78,335
1,142,782
1,296,578
906,979
721,602
4,471,180
2019
263,251
61,165
478,759
529,317
499,142
558,613
407,960
360,503
3,158,710
Stelleo Tolda Commerce President
2021
248,213
180,397
1,263,413
987,223
720,790
477,086
394,487
4,271,609
2020
249,835
183,757
1,142,782
1,296,578
1,012,253
737,373
486,761
5,109,339
2019
302,831
50,365
478,759
529,317
499,142
558,613
455,312
368,382
3,242,721
Osvaldo Giménez Fintech President
2021
378,123
253,682
1,263,413
987,223
707,381
468,210
394,487
4,452,519
2020
337,485
82,115
1,142,782
1,296,578
1,012,253
723,655
4,594,868
2019
275,953
64,116
478,759
529,317
499,142
558,613
455,312
361,528
3,222,740
Daniel Rabinovich Executive VP and COO
2021
433,989
274,635
1,692,071
1,184,668
705,374
466,882
328,739
5,086,358
2020
328,227
235,492
1,530,511
1,736,489
1,214,703
721,602
476,350
6,243,374
2019
266,150
42,630
190,230
529,317
668,493
748,142
546,374
360,503
3,351,839
*
The table above may not total due to rounding.
1.
Base salaries in respect of fiscal year 2021 are paid in U.S dollar for Mr. Galperin, in Argentine pesos for Mr. Rabinovich, in Uruguayan pesos for Messrs. Giménez and Arnt and in Brazilian Reais for Mr. Tolda. Base salaries that are paid in Argentina pesos, Brazilian Reais or Uruguayan Pesos are disclosed above in U.S. dollars in each case, at the average exchange rate for each month of the year ended December 31, 2021. Mr. Galperin’s base salary is calculated considering a fixed amount in Uruguayan Pesos and then converted into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of the monthly payroll calculation date. Annual Bonuses in respect of fiscal year 2021 are paid in U.S. dollar for Mr. Galperin, in Argentine pesos for Mr. Rabinovich, Brazilian Reais for Mr. Tolda and in Uruguayan Pesos for Mr. Arnt and Giménez. Except for Mr. Galperin whose annual bonus is calculated considering a fixed amount in Uruguayan Pesos and then converted into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of the payroll calculation date and then paid in U.S. dollar, annual bonuses are disclosed above in U.S. dollars in each case, at the average exchange rate for the month of December, 2021.
2.
2020 Annual Bonus and portions of 2020 LTRP were cancelled for Mr. Arnt and Mr. Giménez due to the incident with an unaffiliated entity mentioned and described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 1, 2021. A penalty was applied to Mr. Arnt canceling the 2020 Annual Bonus and the 1st and 2nd tranches of 2020 LTRP and to Mr. Giménez canceling the 2020 Annual Bonus and 1st tranche of 2020 LTRP.
3.
Annual Bonus column includes the transition bonus approved by the Board on March 29, 2019, which was intended to fill a one-time gap in the total pay package that arose from the rebalancing that shifted a significant portion of the executive officers’ total pay package from the Company’s annual incentive plan to its long-term retention plans.
4.
For a description of our LTRPs, as defined below, see “—Elements of Compensation—Long-Term Retention Plans” and “—Prior Long-Term Retention Plans” below.
Base Salary
Base salaries for our named executive officers are established based on the scope of their responsibilities and individual experience, taking into account competitive market compensation paid by the above peer companies for similar positions. Base salaries are reviewed at least annually for merit increases and cost of living adjustments, and adjusted from time to time to realign salaries with market levels based on the peer review and after taking into account individual responsibilities, performance and experience.
In reviewing base salaries for 2021, the compensation committee considered the comparative market data previously mentioned. The committee believes that each named executive officer’s salary level is appropriate in light of his roles and responsibilities within our Company.
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Annual Bonus
In addition to base salaries, each of our named executive officers is eligible to receive annual cash bonuses. The compensation committee uses annual cash bonuses to compensate named executive officers for achieving short-term financial and operational goals and, in the case of our named executive officers other than our president and chief executive officer, for achieving individual annual performance objectives during the preceding fiscal year. These objectives are generally established in the first half of the year and vary depending on the individual named executive officer, but relate generally to financial and operational targets as well as a cultural alignment assessment carried out by the chief executive officer for the rest of the named executive officers. If established objective thresholds for the annual corporate performance period are not met, the executive does not receive a bonus under our annual cash bonus program for the year. After the end of each fiscal year, our actual corporate performance is compared to the pre-determined objectives established by our board of directors during the prior year and an individual performance multiplier is applied to determine the annual cash bonus award payout.
For 2021, the compensation committee selected the following as the corporate performance (the “Consolidated Corporate Performance”) measures:
Net revenues - adjusted, defined as our net revenues for 2021 net of the transportation costs charged by third-party carriers, including those charges presented in gross basis, after adjustments for unusual items as determined by the compensation committee, in each case, excluding Venezuela net revenues. This metric is measured in constant dollars;
Income from operations, defined as our income from operations in 2021 after adjustments for unusual items as determined by the compensation committee. This metric is measured in constant dollars;
Total payment volume - adjusted, defined as the number of transactions paid for using Mercado Pago, including only On Platform, Online Payments Aggregator, Wallet, Point, Credit Card and Prepaid transactions. This metric is measured in constant dollars;
Percentage of weighted Shipping lead time in less than 2 days: 50% of shipments delivered in less than two days (defined as the share of shipments delivered in less than two calendar days over total shipments of Mercado Libre); plus 50% of shipments delivered in less than one day (defined as the share of shipments delivered in the same and next calendar day); and
Competitive NPS, which stands for Net Promoter Score and is defined as a metric of our Commerce and Fintech customers’ satisfaction, calculated as the percentage of promoters (customers who would likely recommend Mercado Libre ) minus the percentage of detractors (customers who would not likely recommend Mercado Libre). This metric is measured by renowned independent market research consultants (Ipsos, Ibope and Netquest), through anonymous surveys that compare Mercado Libre with its main competitors in each country.
The Consolidated Corporate Performance measure is calculated as a weighted average of the financial metrics described above (as set forth below in “Weighting of 2021 Annual Bonus Performance Measures”), which are converted from the local currency into U.S. dollars at the previous year’s applicable exchange rate, in order to mitigate the impact of fluctuations in local currencies on the Company’s operational performance.
The following changes were made between the 2020 and 2021 measures:
Replace Total payment transactions and Percentage of shipments delivered in less than two days with Total payment volume and Percentage of weighted shipping lead time in less than 2 days, respectively, in order to align Performance Matrix with our main business goals for 2021.
Increase weight for Income from operations metric from 20% to 25%.
Reduce weight lead time in less than 2 days metric from 10% to 5%.
 
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Weighting of 2021 Annual Bonus Performance Measures
The following table describes the components of each named executive officer’s 2021 annual bonus and the percentage weight of each element:
Consolidated Performance—
Constant Dollars(1)
Marcos
Galperin
Pedro
Arnt
Stelleo
Tolda
Osvaldo
Giménez
Daniel
Rabinovich
Net Revenues
50.0
50.0
50.0
50.0
50.0%
Income from operations
25.0
25.0
25.0
25.0
25.0
Total Payment Volume
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Weighted Shipping Lead time in less than 2 days
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Competitive NPS
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Overall Performance(2)
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0%
Individual Performance Multiplier(3)
 
 
 
 
 
Above Expectations
1.5
1.5
1.5
1.5
1.5
Meet Expectations
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
Below Expectations
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
1.
Constant Dollars: financial metrics translated to U.S. dollars at the previous year’s applicable exchange rate, which is intended to isolate the operational performance from fluctuations in local currencies.
2.
Overall Performance for our named executive officers is equal to the Weighted Average for the Consolidated Performance—Constant Dollars.
3.
Individual Performance Multiplier is set as a multiplier for the annual bonus for each executive officer based on the qualitative assessment of individual performance for the 2021 fiscal year.
2021 Annual Bonus Performance Elements
The following table sets forth the target levels for the various performance metrics (the “Minimum Eligibility Conditions”) included in the Company performance goals for 2021 and actual performance realized against those targets:
Metrics
2021 ACTUAL
(in MM)
2021 Target
(in MM)
Minimum
Achievement as
percentage of
Target(1)
% of Objective(2)
Consolidated Performance—Constant Dollars
 
 
 
 
Net Revenues - adjusted
7,507.9
7,561.4
75.5%
99.3%
Income from operations
528.7
418.2
75.0%
120.0%
Total Payment Volume - adjusted
85,634.7
82,848.8
79.7%
103.4%
Percentage of Weighted Shipping Lead time in less than 2 days
45.4%
52.8%
90.0%
86.1%
Competitive NPS
61.2%
65.2%
95.0%
93.8%
Weighted Average - Overall Performance
 
 
78.5%
103.7%
Individual Performance Multiplier
Messrs. Arnt and Tolda
 
 
 
1.0
Messrs. Galperin, Giménez and Rabinovich
1.5
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1.
The minimum weighted average as percentage of target to meet the Minimum Eligibility Conditions was established at 78.5%. The minimum achievement for Net Revenues – adjusted and Total Payment Volumes - adjusted is set as the midpoint between 2020 achievements and 2021 targets, for Income from operations is set considering a maximum deviation of 1.5% of Net Revenues - adjusted that equals 75% accomplishment, for Weighted shipping lead time delivered in less than two days and NPS it is set at 90% and 95%, respectively.
2.
Percentage of target cannot be higher than 120% to limit the subsidy of over-performing to underperforming metrics. Weighted Average - Overall Performance cannot be higher than 110% and for payment purposes is capped at 100%.
Long-Term Retention Plans
2021 Long-Term Retention Plan
The compensation committee makes annual grants of long-term incentive awards to focus its executives on the Company’s long-term goals, in particular its share growth. The LTRP is designed to assist us in the retention of key employees that have valuable industry experience and developed competencies. Subject to continued employment through each payment date, the LTRP is paid as follows:
a cash payment equal to 16.66% of half of his or her 2021 LTRP bonus once a year for a period of six years, (the “Annual Fixed Payment”); and
on each date our Company pays the Annual Fixed Payment to the named executive officer, he or she will also receive a cash payment equal to the product of (i) 16.66 % of half of the applicable 2021 LTRP bonus and (ii) the quotient of (a) the Applicable Year Stock Price (as defined below) over (b) $1431.26, the average closing price of our common stock on the NASDAQ during the final 60 trading days of 2020. For purposes of the 2021 LTRP, the “Applicable Year Stock Price” is the average closing price of our common stock on the NASDAQ during the final 60 trading days of the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year in which the applicable payment date occurs, for so long as our common stock is listed on the NASDAQ.
2021 LTRP Bonus
The following table sets forth the nominal target value of the 2021 LTRP bonus and the portion of the 2021 LTRP bonus paid out for 2021 for each named executive officer:
 
Nominal Target Value
of 2021 LTRP Bonus(1)
Portion of 2021 LTRP Bonus
Paid Out in respect of 2021
Marcos Galperin
$6,139,585
$1,009,162
Pedro Arnt
$1,594,002
$262,006
Stelleo Tolda
$2,400,000
$394,487
Osvaldo Giménez
$2,400,000
$394,487
Daniel Rabinovich
$2,000,000