Secretary of Guedes is quoted to replace Pires at Petrobras | Economy

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The Secretary of Debureaucratisation, Management and Digital Government of the Ministry of Economy, Caio Paes de Andrade

Special Secretary for Debureaucratization, Management and Digital Government at the Ministry of Economy, Caio Paes de Andrade is the most quoted name to assume the presidency of Petrobras with the withdrawal of consultant Adriano Pires, which was anticipated by GLOBO columnist Malu Gaspar and formalized in the evening this Monday (4).

The name is defended by government ministers and he has already been interviewed by the Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque.

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Advisor to Minister Paulo Guedes, the name of Paes de Andrade is once again aired in the government to assume command of the state-owned company. He had been among those listed for the post since before the fall of Joaquim Silva e Luna, a retired general. It was an indication from Guedes, even though he’s been saying he doesn’t want to get involved in the matter;

Bolsonaro decided to fire Silva and Luna due to high fuel prices in an election year. Initially, the name chosen for the position was Adriano Pires, a consultant who had the support of the centrão – a group of parties that supports Bolsonaro. Pires, however, gave up.

Caio Paes de Andrade can be a suitable homemade solution for this moment. He was president of Serpro (state of government data) and, as a result, he has already separated himself from investments and companies — a situation that led Pires to decline the invitation.

The secretary is a trusted manager, including Bolsonaro, and his showcase is the implementation of the Gov.br system, which brings together digital services from the federal government.

Caio Mario Paes de Andrade has a degree in Social Communication from Universidade Paulista, a postgraduate degree in Administration and Management from Harvard University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Duke University.

The new appointment takes place after consultant Adriano Pires officially gives up on taking office.

Pires announced in the morning that he had given up taking office, but President Jair Bolsonaro spent the day trying to convince him to change his mind. He, however, decided not to take the job.

The difficulty of being approved by the Petrobras People Committee, which will meet this Tuesday, however, made Pires give up the position. In addition, Pires did not want to give up his consulting company, the Brazilian Center for Infrastructure (CBIE).

In a letter sent to the MME, Pires thanked the nomination and reaffirmed the “commitment to continue in this fight” for the development of the oil and gas market. He says, however, that he could not reconcile the position with the consulting activities that he currently performs for companies in the sector.

The name of Pires was nominated by the government last week, replacing General Joaquim Silva e Luna, the current president of the state-owned company. The exchange was announced amid President Jair Bolsonaro’s dissatisfaction with the rise in fuel prices in an election year.

Pires is a consultant with more than two decades of experience in the oil and gas sector. As shown by Malu Gaspar, among Pires’ clients is the businessman and partner in gas distributors Carlos Suarez, who is also a friend of Landim for decades.

Other clients of the consultant are the sector association (Abegás), Compass, the gas concessionaire owned by businessman Rubens Ometto, and several other companies in the sector.

It is no secret to the government, however, this relationship with Pires. Bolsonaro’s assistants even said that he was chosen because of this curriculum.

The relationship of Flamengo president Rodrigo Landim with Suarez was also what led him to give up the position of chairman of the state’s Board of Directors.

To take over Petrobras, Pires would also need to circumvent a requirement he considered difficult. By law, the Brazilian Infrastructure Center (CBIE), which he presides over, could not be under the command of his son, Pedro Rodrigues Pires, who is currently the partner-director of the enterprise.

The State-Owned Companies Law prohibits executives from these companies from having relatives in competing ventures.

Founded in 2000, CBIE presents itself as a consultancy specializing in regulation and strategic issues in energy. The company’s staff includes Pedro Rodrigues Pires, son of Adriano Pires, as managing partner.

CBIE is a family business. Therefore, Pires would have to sell or close the company to take over Petrobras, so that there would be no relationship between him and the company. It is a different situation from other executives who have already entered state-owned companies, who were not owners of large companies.

Pires told interlocutors that giving up the CBIE at this point would be a difficult obstacle for him to overcome.

The Public Ministry even asked the Federal Audit Court (TCU) to investigate whether there is a conflict of interest in the appointment of Adriano Pires. This is because, as the MP argues, Pires has been at the head of the CBIE for more than 20 years.

As shown by Malu Gaspar, among Pires’ clients is the businessman and partner in gas distributors Carlos Suarez, who is also a friend of Landim for decades. Other clients of the consultant are the sector association (Abegás), Compass, the gas concessionaire owned by businessman Rubens Ometto, and several other companies in the sector.

In conversations with aides on Sunday and this Monday, Bolsonaro attributed the obstacles created for Pires to take office to supposed “enemies” who are at Petrobras. These obstacles made Bolsonaro angry and the president did not want to give his arm to twist.

In the conversations, Bolsonaro complained that, in his view, he would have to choose the president of Petrobras. It is stated that Pires is qualified for the position. In an interview with GLOBO last week, Albuquerque said that Adriano Pires was the most suitable person to lead Petrobras at this moment.

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