Interview with Marcelo Odebrecht

CEO Odebrecht

One major global factor that can have an impact on us is a global potential liquidity constraint, in terms of available funding for projects, which could slow down our growth. Another one is shale gas, which might affect us depending on international prices.

For a company that relies on mutual trust and a strong culture, integrating [30,000 to 40,000] people and matching them to the new competencies demanded by the market is our biggest challenge.

Brazil’s future growth depends on solving issues that are bottlenecks to competitiveness, such as labour reform, tax reform and investments in infrastructure.

When dealing with all stakeholders, transparency and consistency between words and actions are very important in building trust.

My legacy is the new generation. The biggest role of a leader is to be an educator, so the future achievements of the new generation will be my main achievements.

Marcelo Bahia Odebrecht is since the end of 2008 Chief Executive Officer of Odebrecht, a holding company with interests in engineering and construction, petrochemicals, transportation and infrastructure, oil and gas, bioenergy, real estate and environmental services. The company is present in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas with reported total revenues of US$ 41.3 billion in 2012. Odebrecht is also Chairman of the operating companies that comprise the group. He joined Odebrecht in 1992 and in 2002 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, the largest engineering and construction company in Latin America. Odebrecht holds a BA of Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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