Ozires Silva

Politician, Organization founder

1931 –

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Who is Ozires Silva?

Ozires Silva is the founder of Embraer and a famous Brazilian entrepreneur.

Ozires graduated on Escola de Aeronáutica do Campo dos Afonsos as a military pilot. He then served the Brazilian Air Force for 4 years in the Amazon rainforest region.

In 1962, Ozires graduated on Aeronautics Technological Institute as an aeronautical engineer. He was immediately hired by the Brazilian General Command for Aerospace Technology, where he would become part of the IPD - Instituto de Pesquisas e Desenvolvimento. He soon became the lead engineer of the Bandeirante project.

The first Bandeirante prototype flew on October 26, 1968. After that, Ozires attempted to convince private industries to produce the Bandeirante in series, without success. His efforts, however, contributed to the creation of a government-owned aircraft manufacturer, the Embraer, which he become president on July 29, 1969.

On 1986, Ozires left Embraer. He became president of Petrobras for a short time, and also became Minister of Infra-Structure from March 15, 1990 to March 27, 1991. He returned to Embraer from 1991 to 1995 to conduct the privatization process. He was also president of Varig from 2000 to 2002.

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