Adilson de Paula Parrella was born in Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil, in November 1962. He married Elaine Finholdt in 1988. They are the parents of five children.
He received a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1989 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1991, both from Brigham Young University.
Since joining the Church in 1971, he has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Brazil Porto Alegre Mission, branch president, bishop, high councilor, stake president’s counselor, Area Seventy, and president of the Brazil Belo Horizonte Mission.
Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella previously served at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City. He is currently serving as President of the Brazil Area.
He worked as managing director at Kodak Polychrome Graphics until 2005 and was a partner at Korn Ferry International until 2009 and recently a partner at Caldwell Partners.