Embraer announced the beginning of the transition process of the company’s defence and security leadership, stating that the president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, Jackson Schneider, decided to leave the company in April 2023, when his term with the company ends. For the position, the company appointed the current Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Defense & Security, Bosco da Costa Júnior.

“Jackson’s strategic vision, profound knowledge in global geopolitics, and strong leadership have played a key role in Embraer’s recent history,” said Francisco Gomes Neto, President and CEO of Embraer. “Over the last decade, his contributions have been fundamental in the company’s transformation journey. We are fortunate to have benefited from his talents and experience, and we appreciate everything he has done for the company.”

“We are very grateful to Jackson for all his dedication and commitment to the company, customers, employees, and partners throughout his extraordinary career at Embraer,” said Alexandre Silva, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Embraer. “He played a decisive role in strengthening the company’s central position in the aerospace and defensc and security chains in Brazil, as well as in the continued expansion of the company’s global presence.”

Schneider joined Embraer in 2011 and has led the Defense & Security unit since the beginning of 2014, being responsible for the development and internationalisation of the KC-390 program, in addition to consolidating the company as the main “Brazilian Defense House,” with projects in the country’s three Armed Forces. Prior to that role, he served as Vice President of People, Sustainability and Communication of the company.

“It has been a great privilege to work at Embraer and contribute to the growth and expansion of one of the leading companies in the aerospace and defence sector. I thank the company’s leadership team and countless talented professionals for everything we’ve built together,” said Jackson Schneider. “With the consolidation of our presence in all Brazilian Armed Forces and global expansion of the Defense area, I understand that this is the right time to make this transition and start a new phase of my personal and professional life.”

Schneider will support the transition of the area at the end of his term as statutory director of the company in April 2023. The Government Relations area, currently under Schneider’s responsibility, will report directly to Embraer’s president and CEO.

Current CCO of the Defense & Security business unit, da Costa Júnior, joined Embraer in 2005. During his career at the company, he has held leadership positions in the areas of contract management, proposals, industrial cooperation/offset in defence, and various managerial roles in the procurement and supply chain management areas. Born in São José dos Campos (SP), da Costa Júnior graduated in Business Administration and has two postgraduate degrees – International Executive MBA from FIA-USP and MBA in Supply Chain Management and Logistics from FEA-USP.

“Throughout his career, Bosco has always combined technical excellence, focus on results and strong leadership in all areas he has worked in,” said Neto. “Bosco has done an excellent job as the Defense sales leader and has the right skills to lead the business unit in the current global geopolitical environment.”

“I am extremely excited and grateful for the confidence to be able to further contribute to the global expansion of the defence business. Through the strength of Embraer, with its advanced portfolio of products and services, the enormous competence of our people and the support of our partners, we will expand cooperation with our customers and governments around the world at this time of increasing opportunities for the defence and security sector,” said da Costa Júnior.

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