““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Botelho Quits as Embraer Chairman
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.