New directors take office at Petrobras

Source: Petrobras

The new directors for Exploration & Production, José Miranda Formigli, and Gas & Energy, José Alcides Santoro, took office this Tuesday morning (Feb. 14) during a ceremony held at Petrobras' main office building, in Rio de Janeiro. Taking part in the event were Petrobras' CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, E&P Director Guilherme Estrella, who handed over the office, and Company managers and technicians.

According to the new director for E&P, it is necessary to be even more attentive to short-term result predictability. "Petrobras has a bright future ahead of it, one few oil companies worldwide can hope to have, whether on account of its access to reserves or due to the Brazilian market, which I consider as one of our main advantages," highlighted Formigli.

In his address, Santoro spoke about the work carried out alongside the current CEO of the company. "When I started working at Cenpes, I met a drilling engineer, a cementing expert, with a capacity to work the likes of which I had never seen before. It was our current CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster."

While remarking on the career of the new director for Gas & Energy, Petrobras' CEO cited the qualities a team must have in order to be victorious: "We need competent, loyal people, and Alcides has both qualities." Maria das Graças Silva Foster met Formigli while working with Well Engineering at the Research Center (Cenpes). "We were very encouraged by Formigli, for his competence and the seriousness with which he did his work. I wish luck, courage, boldness, creativity and hard work to the new directors," she said.


José Formigli was granted a degree in civil engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering in 1982, and specialized in Petroleum Engineering at Petrobras, where he began his career in 1983. He undertook several activities related to well completion and subsea engineering. From May 2008 to February 2012, Formigli served as the executive manager for the Pre-Salt in the Exploration & Production area, dedicating his efforts to planning and deploying production development projects for the discoveries made in the Pre-salt Cluster, in the Santos Basin.

José Alcides Santoro is an oil engineer trained by the Oil Engineering Course offered by Petrobras (1980-1981). He holds postgraduate degrees in Geotechnical Studies from PUC-Rio, and in Energy System Planning from Unicamp. The new Director for Gas & Energy previously held the position of Executive Manager for Operations and Investments in Energy, where he was in charge of managing the entire Gas and Energy generation park, coordinating activities related to the operation of thermal plants, energy businesses, and Petrobras' interests in associated companies and subsidiaries operating in the Energy area.

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