Maurício Botelho was born in 1942 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. He graduated in 1965 in Mechanical Engineering at Escola Nacional de Engenharia da Universidade do Brasil (National School of Engineering) in Rio de Janeiro with several extension courses on Finance and Business Administration.
On September 27 1995 he was appointed President and CEO of Embraer and has led the company after its privatization instituting a new entrepreneurial corporate culture focused on customer satisfaction resulting in a successful turnaround and positioning Embraer as one of the world leaders in the aeronautical market.
Before joining Embraer Maurício Botelho was Executive Director of Cia. Bozano a holding company with interests in several industrial and financial ventures.
From 1988 to 1995 he was President and CEO of OTL Odebrecht Automação e Telecomunicações Ltda and its subsidiaries dedicated to process control systems mainly for the areas of subways railways and power systems through its subsidiary CMW Equipamentos Ltda. and Telecommunication and Data Transmission through its subsidiaries STL Engenharia de Sistemas Ltda. and Soluções Integradas Prolan Ltda.
In 1992 accumulated the position of Executive Vice-President of Tenenge Técnica Nacional de Engenharia S.A an Odebrecht Group subsidiary dedicated to Industrial Projects implementation inclusively offshore oil and gas production facilities comprising jackets and processing modules manufacturing in Brazil UK and Portugal.
In 1981 Maurício Botelho was assigned Director of Cobrel Maquip S.A. Comércio e Engenharia a subsidiary of Cia. Bozano Simonsen dedicated to Industrial Projects Management as well as Process Control Systems becoming its President and CEO in 1985 up to 1988.
After graduating he worked as an engineer with various companies in the period of 1965 to 1968 when he joined EBE - Empresa Brasileira de Engenharia S.A. where he stayed for 13 years reaching the position of Director of Operations responsible for business development and project implementation in the power generation and transmission steel-making mining and petrochemical areas.