UPDATE 2-Brazil's Embraer names commercial aviation chief as new CEO

Thu Jun 9, 2016 9:21pm EDT
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By Brad Haynes

SAO PAULO, June 9 (Reuters) - Brazil's Embraer SA will replace its chief executive with the current head of its commercial aviation division next month, the company said on Thursday, in a surprise decision.

Paulo Cesar Silva will take the reins of the world's third-largest commercial aviation firm after nearly two decades at the company, including six years in charge of its core airliner business, overseeing development of the next-generation E-Jet family.

Frederico Curado, who has run the company for more than nine years, will give up his executive role in July and contribute to a transition through the end of 2016, Embraer said in a statement.

"After more than 32 years at Embraer, with 22 of them on the executive board, I am ending a cycle in my career and I will focus on other professional and personal activities," Curado said in the statement. "With Paulo, Embraer is in excellent hands."

Three analysts who cover the company said they had been caught off guard by news of the transition. They asked not to be identified, citing protocol at the institutions where they work.

Under Curado, Embraer has taken command of the regional jet market, with E-Jets dominating the 70- to 100-seat segment and pushing into the market for up to 130-seat aircraft, making trouble for Bombardier Inc's new C Series.

The company also expanded into executive aviation with a lineup of new small and midsized jets, as well as more intensive defense contracting, including the launch of the KC-390 military cargo jet, the biggest plane ever made in Latin America.   Continued...