New nominees selected by Brazilian government to head up Petrobras

After Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s choices for CEO and Chairman of Petrobras both declined their nominations last week, the pressure was on to find replacements before the company’s annual shareholders meeting on April 13. The government has this week selected new nominees for the roles, both individuals with oil and gas experience.

Jose Mauro Coelho has been nominated to serve as CEO. Coelho has more than 25 years of professional experience in the oil sector. Currently chairman of Pré-Sal Petróleo, an agency that manages production sharing contracts in Brazil’s pre-salt areas, Coelho was formerly Secretary of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels at the Ministry of Mines and Energy and Director of Oil, Gas and Biofuels Studies at Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (a public company linked to the Ministry of Mines and Energy).

Marcio Andrade Weber has been nominated to become chairman of Petrobras. He worked for the company for 16 years, and was involved in the development of the Campos Basin.

Coelho’s and Weber’s appointments are subject to approval by shareholders at next week’s meeting.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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