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Brazil’s Petrobras elects Jose Mauro Coelho as CEO

Brazil's Petrobras elects Jose Mauro Coelho as CEO
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People walk in front of the headquarters of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobas) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes//File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras said on Thursday its board of directors has elected Jose Mauro Coelho as the firm’s chief executive for a one-year term.

Coelho, who will replace retired army general Joaquim Silva e Luna in the job, is set to take office later on Thursday.

The move comes right after the company voted Coelho onto its board, paving the way for the government technocrat to take the helm of the firm, as under Petrobras’ statutes the chief executive must be on the board to get elected.

Coelho, who previously served as the secretary of oil, gas and biofuels at Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, was tapped for the role earlier this month after energy consultant Adriano Pires backed out of the government’s nomination.

Source: Investing.com

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