Botelho Quits as Embraer Chairman

Maurício Botelho
Maurício Botelho, who has resigned as Embraer's chairman
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 11:15am

Maurício Botelho resigned as chairman of the board of Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer “for personal reasons" on January 13. Vice chairman Hermann Wever will fill the top job until the company elects a new chairman. Botelho, who served as president and CEO of Embraer from 1995 to 2007, led its restructuring, growth and globalization efforts. The year before he took the helm, the company lost $330 million on revenues of just $250 million. By 1998, however, Embraer was recording profits and by April 2007, when Frederico Curado took over as president and CEO, revenues exceeded $5.2 billion and net income was $489 million.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

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