Luis Carlos Affonso
Mr. Affonso is currently in charge of Embraer Engineering and Technology Development for Commercial, Executive, Defense and Services Business Units as well as in charge of Corporate Strategy, leading the Embraer Strategic Plan construction and execution since July 2020. Mr. Affonso joined Embraer nearly 40 years ago as an aeronautical engineer, in January 1983. In 1995, after serving at different positions with increasing responsibilities, he became Embraer Vice President of Engineering and Chief Engineer, at age 34. Since then, in different roles, he led the launch and development of all civilian – commercial and executive – Embraer new airplane platforms. As Engineering Vice President, he was in charge of the ERJ145 Regional Jet development and certification, which happened on time in 1996, and allowed for the company turnaround after privatization. Mr. Affonso also led the creation of the Program Management function at Embraer as currently constituted, which is today considered one of main Embraer’s main competitive advantages. Consequently, in 1997 he became the first head of the newly created Program Management organization and was the reporting person for all such Program Directors. Mr. Affonso also served the E-Jets Program Vice President since its inception until entry into service in 2004 and 2005, strongly advancing Embraer’s position in the airline market. The EJets are the most successful Embraer product to date and one of the most successful commercial airplanes in aviation history. Mr. Affonso was President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets from 2005 to 2011, in which he was responsible for developing the program as an independent business segment within Embraer, including by overseeing the development of business and product strategies, as well as marketing, sales and customer support initiatives for the segment. Embraer significantly expanded in this market under Mr. Affonso’s leadership, including by launching six new products—Phenoms 100/300, Legacy 450/500/650 and Lineage 1000—creating a worldwide sales and service support network and increasing sales revenues from US$250 million to US$1.250 billion. From 2011 to 2017, Mr. Affonso served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Embraer’s Commercial Aviation business, leading current and future programs including market intelligence, customer support and services, as well as overseeing the final manufacturing assembly line and the development of the successful E-Jets Second Generation (E2) airplanes. During his tenure as COO of Commercial Aviation, the presence and results of customer support and services for this segment significantly expanded. In 2019, the Project Management Institute named the E-Jets E2 project that Mr. Affonso oversaw as the 2019 Project of the Year. From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Affonso was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Innovation and Digital Transformation at Embraer. During this period, EmbraerX, a company dedicated to disruptive innovation, was founded, ultimately leading to the conceptualization and creation of Eve. Mr. Affonso also created Embraer’s innovation and strategic governance system, which focuses on developing strategies that aim to drive and manage innovation across the company. Such program helped to create the strategies that are fueling Embraer’s turnaround after the COVID-19 crisis.
Mr. Affonso was a member of the board of directors of Brazilian General Aviation Association, the General Aviation Manufactures Association in the US, OGMA - Industria Aeronautica de Portugal and EmbraerPrev, the Embraer employees’ pension fund. Mr. Affonso currently serves as board member of Atech, a company dedicated to the development of Air Traffic Management systems, as well as member of the Innovation Committee at Vale, one of the biggest mining companies in the world. Mr. Affonso is also a member of the Superior Board of Directors of ANPEI, National Association of Innovative Companies Research and Development, an organization devoted to fostering innovation in the aerospace industry. Mr. Affonso has a Masters degree from University of Sao Paulo Master’s in International Business Administration and graduated from the aeronautical engineering program at Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Mr. Affonso has also completed executive programs in management and strategy at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Amalfitano is the President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, leading the company’s global business with annual revenues in excess of $1.5 billion and an active fleet of more than 1,500 aircraft with over 940 customers worldwide. He is a voting member of the Embraer SA Executive Leadership Management Board. Prior to joining Embraer, Mr. Amalfitano served as Executive Vice President, Senior Managing Director of Business Aviation at Stonebriar Commercial Finance. Mr. Amalfitano also led as Managing Director, Executive Head of Global Corporate Aircraft Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over 22 years, following a decade-long tenure in sales management at GE Capital. Mr. Amalfitano is Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and currently serves on their Finance, Investment, and Strategic Committees, following his previous role as Chairman of the Communications Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Advisory Council, and as a Member of the NBAA Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Joint Task Force Committee, and Leadership Council. Mr. Amalfitano is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also serves as the OEM President Representative for the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), following his former position as Chairman of the Associate Member Advisory Council. Past board positions include former Chairman of the Associate Members Advisory Council for the National Aircraft Resellers Association (NARA) and former two-term President of the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA). Past association memberships include European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and the Helicopter Association International (HAI). Mr. Amalfitano graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a Master’s in Financial Management from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Kenneth C. Ricci
Mr. Ricci is a 40-year aviation industry veteran who today is a Principal of Directional Aviation Capital which owns various aviation enterprises, including Flexjet, Sentient Jet, PrivateFly, Tuvoli, Nextant Aerospace, Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Reva Air Ambulance, Corporate Wings, Simcom and Constant Aviation. Mr. Ricci was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 and has been named one the most influential people in aviation by Aviation International News. In 2005, Mr. Ricci led the restructuring of Mercury Air Centers, a $200 million company operating aircraft support facilities at 24 different airports and sold the company to Macquarie Infrastructure Trust (MIC) in 2007 in a deal valued at $615 million. In 2010, Mr. Ricci received the Harvard Business School’s Dively Entrepreneurship Award. In 2011, Mr. Ricci was the youngest recipient of the prestigious William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award for extraordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry. Mr. Ricci is the founder of Nextant Aerospace, the innovator of aircraft remanufacturing. In 2015, Mr. Ricci received the Aviation Week Laureate Award, a benchmark of industry excellence, recognizing his work and development at Nextant Aerospace. In 2016, Mr. Ricci received the “Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award” from the Living Legends of Aviation. In 2019, Mr. Ricci was inducted as a Living Legend of Aviation. The “Living Legends of Aviation” are admirable people of remarkable accomplishment in aviation, including entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, record breakers, astronauts and pilots. Mr. Ricci began his aviation career as an Air Force ROTC cadet at the University of Notre Dame, he is an airline transport pilot with extensive international experience and was then-Governor William Clinton’s pilot when he ran for President in 1992. Mr. Ricci graduated from the University of Notre Dame and from the Cleveland Marshall School of Law, where he was named as their distinguished alumni of the year in 2016 and named to their Alumni Hall of fame in 2018. Mr. Ricci is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Notre Dame and is also a member of the board of the Smithsonian. He serves on several corporate boards and was an aviation advisor to the Guggenheim Aircraft Opportunity Fund.
Marion Clifton Blakey
Ms. Blakey currently serves as a non-executive director for several corporations and organizations, having retired from Rolls-Royce North America Inc. (RRNA) in 2018 as President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Ms. Blakey also served as Chairman of the Board of Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Inc. In her three years at Rolls-Royce, she helped shepherd a major investment in the Indianapolis site, oversaw the opening of a new California R&T facility while streamlining Rolls-Royce North America operations and creating an environment conducive to growing the Rolls-Royce business base. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Ms. Blakey was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) for eight years where she provided the leading voice for the aerospace and defense industry representing more than 270 member companies. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Blakey was Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where she operated the world’s largest air traffic control system and managed 44,000 employees and a $14 billion budget. Prior to 2002, she held several senior positions including Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as ran her own consulting firm focusing on transportation and infrastructure issues. Ms. Blakey’s board positions include: Director, New Vista Acquisition Corporation; Trustee, Noblis, a science, technology and strategy organization, where she served as Chairman until 2020; the National Air and Space Museum’s Advisory Board, where she chairs the Advancement Committee; and member of the advisory boards of Aireon, LLC; Radia, Inc.; and Sunrise Transportation Holdings. She recently served on the Board of Alaska Airlines Group; Cobham plc, and NASA’s National Advisory Council. Ms. Blakey has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the National Aeronautic Association’s 2011 Henderson Trophy, Aviation Week & Space Technology’s 2013 Laureate Award, and the National Aeronautic Association’s 2013 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, and most recently, the Carol B. Hallett Award from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and the L.Welch Pogue Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology and the International Aviation Club. Ms. Blakey received her bachelor’s degree with honors in international studies from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and has completed graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.
Mr. Eremenko is currently the Chairman and CEO of Universal Hydrogen Co., positions he has held since the company’s foundation in early 2020. He also serves as an advisor to the New Vista Acquisition Corp. Prior to co-founding Universal Hydrogen, Mr. Eremenko was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of United Technologies Corp. Before that, Mr. Eremenko was CTO of Airbus SE. Mr. Eremenko joined Airbus as the founding CEO of Acubed, its Silicon Valley innovation center, and also served on the investment committee of Airbus Ventures. While at Airbus, Mr. Eremenko was Chairman of APWORKS GmbH, an aerospace additive manufacturing company. Mr. Eremenko spent several years as Director of Engineering at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects organization, and prior to that at Motorola Mobility. Before Motorola and Google, Mr. Eremenko was at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, first as a Program Manager, and later as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Tactical Technology Office, the agency’s large systems and platforms office. For his work at DARPA, Mr. Eremenko was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Eremenko earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in aeronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech), respectively. Mr. Eremenko also holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and is a private pilot.
Mr. Pedreiro has more than 20 years of experience in international finance and business administration across a diverse array of industries. Mr. Pedreiro is the former Chief Operating Officer of Revlon, Inc. Before joining Revlon in January of 2020, Mr. Pedreiro was the Chief Executive Officer of Estre Ambiental Inc, a leading waste management company in Latin America, from May of 2015 to December of 2019. From April 2014 to December 2018, Mr. Pedreiro was an associate partner of BTG Pactual in the Private Equity group. Before joining BTG Pactual, Mr. Pedreiro was the Chief Financial Officer of Coty, the global beauty company with $5 billion in yearly revenues. Mr. Pedreiro was Coty’s Chief Financial Officer from February of 2009 to March of 2014 and led the company’s initial public offering in mid-2013 which raised approximately $1 billion in proceeds. From January 2002 to December 2008, Mr. Pedreiro was the Chief Financial Officer of America Latina Logística SA, which listed on the Brazilian stock exchange (B3) in 2004 to become the largest publicly traded cargo railroad in Brazil. From 2016 to 2017, Mr. Pedreiro served on the board of directors of Advanced Disposal Inc., a U.S.-based waste management company with $1.4 billion in yearly revenues which conducted its initial public offering during Mr. Pedreiro’s time on the board. Mr. Pedreiro began his career as a business consultant at McKinsey & Company in Brazil. Mr. Pedreiro received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronautica in Brazil, and also holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University.
Ms. Cordón is Director of the Strategy & Corporate Development department at ACCIONA, a leading group of companies dedicated to renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure solutions, present in more than 40 countries with c.45,000 employees. ACCIONA is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchanges and constituent of the IBEX-35 (Spain’s benchmark stock index). She is also a member of the Supervisory Board and of the Strategy and Technology Committee at Nordex SE, a leading wind turbine manufacturer listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Ms. Cordón has wide expertise in sustainability, the social and environmental externalities of the business and regenerative solutions, in general. Likewise, Ms. Cordón participated in the ESADE program for Board members in 2021-2022 and was selected as part of the 2023 edition of the Women to Watch Program, an initiative led by PwC. Prior to ACCIONA, she began her professional career working in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs (London and Madrid). Ms. Cordón received her bachelor’s degree with distinction in Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE).