Petrobras appoints new CEO

Jan. 26, 2023
The company has appointed Jean Paul Terra Prates director and CEO.

Offshore staff

RIO DE JANEIRO — Petrobras has appointed Jean Paul Terra Prates director until the next General Shareholders' Meeting and elected him CEO, the latter with a mandate until April 13, 2023, the same term of office of the other members of Petrobras' Executive Board.

Petrobras received a letter from the Ministry of Mines and Energy Jan. 4 informing the company that Prates would be nominated for the position of CEO and member of the board of directors. Chief of Production Development Officer João Henrique Rittershaussen served as interim CEO of the company since former CEO Caio Mário Paes de Andrade's early termination Jan. 4. 

As energy secretary of the Rio Grande do Norte State Government, Prates led the state to energy self-sufficiency and national leadership in wind power generation, besides having consolidated a refinery and gas and biomass thermoelectric plants in the state and built bases for solar and offshore wind power projects.  

As senator of the Republic for Rio Grande do Norte between 2019 and 2023, among other relevant positions, he was a member of the college of leaders, and Leader in the Senate and in the National Congress. He was President of the Parliamentary Front for Natural Resources and Energy and of the Brazil-Arab Countries Parliamentary Group. He was a member of several Senate committees, such as the Committee of Economic Affairs, the Committee of Services and Infrastructure and the Committee of Science and Technology. He was also the author of important legal frameworks involving energy transition and sustainable practices, such as the law regulating carbon capture and storage activities and the offshore energy law. In addition, he served as rapporteur of the Legal Framework for Railroads, the new laws on the production of biogas in landfills, and the new law on sustainable urban mobility.