Embraer creates new programmes position in reshuffle

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Embraer has promoted Mauro Kern to the newly-created position of executive vice-president new programmes, airline market, as part of a management reshuffle that includes the appointment of a new chief operating officer (COO).

Kern, who previously held the title of executive vice-president, airline market, will head up Embraer's new commercial programmes at a time when the Brazilian airframer is studying whether to offer a stretch of its largest-capacity commercial jet - dubbed the E-195X - or launch a new-design aircraft in the face of increased competition.

Succeeding Kern as executive vice-president, airline market is Paulo Cesar Silva, formerly Embraer senior vice-president, sales financing.

Former executive vice-president for industrial operations Artur Coutinho, meanwhile, is assuming the newly created position of COO, with direct responsibility for Embraer's industrial operations, procurement, technology, organizational development and human resources.

Embraer also says Antonio Julio Franco has been appointed to the newly created position of executive vice-president, personnel planning and development, and is succeeded by Hermann Ponte e Silva in his former position of executive vice-president, organization and human resources.

The restructuring represents "important changes" in Embraer's senior management structure and have been implemented to enhance the airframer's "ability to assure full customer satisfaction and expand its business dynamics, while reinforcing the strength and productivity of its internal operations", says Embraer