Rosangela Buzanelli, employee representative on the Petrobras Board of Directors, said today that communicator Caio Mário Paes de Andrade, nominated by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) for the presidency of the state-owned company, is not, in her opinion, eligible to take over. the charge.
The Petrobras Eligibility Committee informed that it will assess tomorrow whether or not the communicator can become president of the state-owned company. The change in command of Petrobras was decided at the end of May. The final decision on the name rests with the Board of Directors.
To Poder360 website, Buzanelli explained that if the Committee follows the State-Owned Companies Law and the Petrobras statute, Caio Mário cannot be admitted to the position. “If the committee is going to take these issues into consideration, there’s no way to pass it,” he said. Buzanelli, who is not a member of the oil company’s Eligibility Committee, said that the pressure to approve the name is great.
“The pressures are great, and it will depend on how much pressure is resisted and the training of each member of this Celeg [Comitê de Elegibilidade]. (…) For me, the obvious answer is that he would not be eligible, but in today’s Brazil anything is possible.”
Andrade is the current Special Secretary for Debureaucratization, Management and Digital Government, linked to the Ministry of Economy of Paulo Guedes, and responsible for the government platform (gov.br). He is also a member of the boards of directors of Embrapa (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária), but he does not have extensive experience in the oil sector.
The oil company’s statute points out the minimum requirements necessary to work in the company, among them, the “notorious knowledge” and academic training in the area.
The representative explained that Bolsonaro’s appointment is contrary to the provisions of article 17 of the State-Owned Companies Law, which requires a minimum of 10 years of experience in the public or private sector in the same sector of interest or area close to the state-owned company.
If this requirement is not met, the professional must have held a “management or senior management position in a company of similar size or corporate purpose to that of a public company” for 4 years, or “a position of professor or researcher in areas of performance of the public company or mixed capital company”.
“The only professional foray of Caio Paes de Andrade compatible with the intended role was the participation of a year and a half on the PPSA board [Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A.]a Brazilian state-owned company that manages oil exploration.”
This is the third change in the leadership of Petrobras during the government of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL). The company has also been chaired by Roberto Castello Branco, General Joaquim Silva e Luna, and José Mauro Coelho, who resigned last Monday (20) after strong pressure from the government, including the suggestion of a CPI (Commission Parliamentary Inquiry) of Petrobras.