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Ozires Silva (Baurumarker‚ÄďS√£o Paulomarker state, January, 8 1931) is the founder of Embraer and a famous Brazilianmarker entrepreneur.

Ozires graduated on Escola de Aeron√°utica do Campo dos Afonsos (Rio de Janeiromarker) 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 Institutemarker (ITA) as an aeronautical engineer. He was immediately hired by the Brazilian General Command for Aerospace Technology marker, where he would become part of the IPD - Instituto de Pesquisas e Desenvolvimento (current IAE - Instituto de Aeronáutica e Espaço). 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.

Ozires Silva was the first witness to report the May 19, 1986 S√£o Paulo UFO sighting, whe he was flying on an executive Xingu turbo-prop plane.

Ozires is also former (2004) Director of Technology of AVAMAX, Executive Vice-President of Academia Brasileira de Estudos Avan√ßados ‚ÄúDr. Adolfo Bezerra de Menezes Cavalcanti‚ÄĚ, and President of Pele Nova, a biotechnology company and President at World Trade Center Advisory Board.

He is currently dean of Unimonte, an important private university in Brazil.

Published books

  • A Decolagem de um Sonho - Hist√≥ria da Cria√ß√£o da Embraer - Lemos Editorial - 1998
  • Cartas a um Jovem Empreendedor - Elsevier Editora - 2006
  • A Decolagem de um Grande Sonho - Elsevier Editora - 2008
  • Ethanol - A Brazilian revolution - 2008


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