Petrobras’ Board of Directors has just unanimously elected former Senator Jean Paul Prates (PT) to take a seat on the board and become the company’s new president. confirmation to CNN came from sources present at the meeting.
Approval was already expected, so much so that Prates had been invited to attend the meeting in person at Petrobras headquarters by the Chairman of the Board, Gileno Barreto.
The official name of Prates comes exactly two weeks after his formal appointment to the Ministry of Mines and Energy. To occupy the role, he resigned as senator for Rio Grande do Norte a week before the end of his term.
This had been one of the determinations of Petrobras’ compliance department, which also recommended that Prates be removed from private companies, which was also done.
Member of the transition team that took care of matters related to the area of Mines and Energy, Prates emerged as a favorite for the position since the victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) in the last elections.
At the age of 54, Prates graduated in Law at UERJ and Economics at PUC/RJ. In the United States, he received a master’s degree in Energy Planning and Environmental Management from the University of Pennsylvania. In France, he completed his second master’s degree, in Oil, Gas and Engine Economics, at the French Petroleum Institute.
Throughout his career, the native from Rio Grande do Norte has always worked in the energy sector, both in the public and private sectors. He moved to Natal in 2005, was secretary of state in that area and, upon seeing Fátima Bezerra (PT) elected governor, the then alternate took over the seat in the Senate.
Source: CNN Brasil
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