Embraer exclusive: Fit for growth

Jorge Penalba reflects on Francisco Gomes Neto’s turbulent first years with Embraer, and how the CEO and his team intend to steer the company into calmer waters

Among the measures designed to drive Embraer’s recovery is a 40% reduction in production times
All images Jorge Penalba unless stated

How do you rebuild your life after being jilted at the altar? That is just one of the tasks faced by Francisco Gomes Neto, appointed CEO of Embraer in April 2019. “I’m not going to deny it, these three years have been a very intense challenge. Almost at the same time, [we faced] the [COVID-19] pandemic and the breaking of the agreement with Boeing.

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