During a meeting held this Wednesday (04/16), the Board of Directors of Petrobras Biocombustível appointed Miguel Soldateli Rossetto as the company’s CEO as of May 1. He will take over in the place of Alan Kardec Pinto, who is retiring. Rossetto had been heading the Agricultural Development, Supply and Trade Board since the company was incorporated on July 29 2008.
Participation director Fernando José Cunha is being replaced by Ricardo Castello Branco, previously the Industrial director.
Alberto Oliveira Fontes Junior, previously the subsidiary’s Engineering manager, was appointed as its Industrial Director. The Agricultural Development, Supply, and Trade Board will now be headed by Jânio Luís da Rosa, until now the Agricultural Production manager.
Miguel Rossetto worked for Petroflex S/A (a Petrobras System company until 1992) – at the Triunfo Petrochemical Pole, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, from 1984 to 2004. A Social Sciences graduate from the Vale dos Sinos University (State of Rio Grande do Sul), he was the vice-governor of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (1999-2002) and the Agrarian Development Minister (2003-2006), where he participated in the creation of the National Program for the Production and Use of Biodiesel and in the creation of the Social Fuel Seal.
Alan Kardec coordinated the workgroup that created Petrobras Biocombustível. He has appointed for the position of CEO and guided the company in its first steps. During his 41-2022 career at Petrobras, Kardec developed an extensive professional curriculum in the Midstream area, worked as an executive manager for the Supply Area from 2004 to 2007, and was in charge of 11 refineries in Brazil. He also worked at the Gabriel Passos (Betim – MG), Duque de Caxias (Caxias – RJ), Henrique Laje (São José dos Campos – SP) and Planalto (Paulínia – SP) refineries, performing as the general manager of the latter.
Chanan Rubin remains in the Corporate and Financial Board.
Castello Branco, who is taking over as the Participation Director, is a career employee at Petrobras. A Mechanical Engineering graduate, he holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Technology from the Imperial College of London. Branco was hired by Petrobras in 1977, having held several technical and managerial positions. Since November 2002, he was the general manager of Energy and Sustainable Development at the Cenpes, where he led a team of 300 researchers in charge of developing new sustainable technologies, including environmental technologies aimed at climate change, renewable energies and biofuels.
Appointed to the position of Director of Agricultural Development, Supply and Trade, Jânio Luis da Rosa was the general coordinator for Biofuels at the Agrarian Development Ministry’s Family Agriculture Department. He also performed as an advisor for the Agrarian Reordering Department and held different farmer-related positions at the Banco do Brasil, managing branches specialized in agribusiness and family farming and serving on the Agribusiness Board. Rosa graduated in International Business Management and is specialized in Corporate Management with Emphasis on Agribusiness from the Federal University of Pelotas/Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Appointed as Industrial Director, Alberto Oliveira Fontes Junior started his professional activities in 1984, as a professor at the Rio Grande do Norte Federal Technical School. He was hired by Petrobras in 1985 to work in Exploration & Production. He later worked for the Gas & Energy area and for the Cenpes, where he coordinated the Technical Program for Renewable Energies. Fontes is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the Federal University of Paraíba and holds a Master’s Degree in Thermal Energy and Devices from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.