This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Jul 22, 2005.
Change in the Board of Directors and the Presidency
(Rio de Janeiro, July 22, 2005). PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, announces that today, pursuant to Article 25 of the Bylaws, the Board of Directors has accepted the letter of resignation of the Board Member and President and CEO of the Company, José Eduardo Dutra. Mr. Dutras replacement on the Board and as President and CEO will José Sérgio Gabrielli de Azevedo, who is currently Petrobras CFO.
José Eduardo Dutra has held the position of Company President and CEO since January 2 2003. During his term of office, Petrobras has achieved record levels of profitability and cash generation, while oil production in Brazil is at its highest level ever - in June 2005 achieving an average monthly output of 1,755 thousand barrels/day. During his watch as President, orders were made for the construction of four new platforms, which will allow the Company to reach a production of 2,300 thousand barrels/day by 2010. In the international area, Petrobras concluded the acquisition of Perez Companc, subsequently renamed Petrobras Energia, thus consolidating its position in Latin America, as well as expanding its business in the Gulf of Mexico, Africa and the Middle East. During the period under the outgoing President, several pending labor questions were finally settled, some dating back to the strike of 1995. Recommendations for a solution to the Petros Pension Funds actuarial liability have also been made. The Business Plan for the next five years is now finalized and is to be examined at the next Board meeting. A supporter of the oil monopoly when the 1995 Constitutional Amendment was voted, today Dutra says:
Mr. José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo is 55 years old and is a full professor on leave from the Federal University of Bahia. Mr. Gabrielli has been the CFO and Investor Relations Director of Petrobras since February 1 2003, being responsible for the Executive Management of Accounting, Corporate Finance & Treasury, Project Finance, Investor Relations, Tax Administration and Financial Planning & Risk Management.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Petrobras Energía Participaciones S.A. (PEPSA) and Petrobras Energía S.A. (PESA).
During his tenure at Petrobras, he received the following awards:
During the same period, Petrobras received several awards, among which were:
Mr. Gabrielli, now to be a new member of the Board of Directors and President and CEO of Petrobras, holds both Bachelors and Master's degrees in Economics from the Federal University of Bahia, with a dissertation on Tax Incentives and Regional Development. In 1987, he obtained his PhD in Economics from Boston University with a dissertation on the Financing of the Brazilian Public Sector companies between 1975 and 1979. From 2000 to 2001, he was a "Visiting Research Scholar" at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He was deputy director of Research and Post-Graduate Studies, director of the Economic Sciences Faculty and coordinator of the Master's degree course in Economics at the Federal University of Bahia; and superintendent of the "Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisa e Extensão (Fapex)" - Foundation for Research and Extension Support. He has published several articles and books on productive restructuring, the labor market, macroeconomics and regional development. Currently, he is a full professor on leave from the Federal University of Bahia.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: July 22, 2005
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