RIO DE JANEIRO -(Dow Jones)- Brazilian oil company OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA (OGXP3.BR) said Friday it has adopted a new corporate and management structure, coinciding with its start-up of oil and natural gas production and sales activities.
OGX has appointed Paulo Mendonca, who has led the company since its creation, as chief executive, replacing OGX's controlling shareholder Eike Batista in this position, the company said in a statement. Batista will continue as chairman of the board of directors.
New chief financial and investor relations officer at OGX is Roberto Monteiro, previously CFO and investor-relations officer of shipbuilding company OSX Brasil SA (OSXRY, OSXB3.BR), which is also part of billionaire Batista's EBX group.
Monteiro replaces Marcelo Torres as the OGX chief. Torres is leaving the company to pursue personal interests, OGX said.
Other new executive directors of OGX include Paulo Ricardo dos Santos, Reinaldo Belotti and Jose Roberto Faveret Cavalcanti. A management and strategic planning committee is being set up, chaired by Eduardo Karrer, formerly head of sister energy company MPX Energia SA (MPXE3.BR), to establish and monitor OGX's strategic objectives.
The changes at OGX "aim to support the increased scope and scale of the company´s activities, which include production and commercialization of oil and natural gas and continuation of an intensive and successful exploration campaign," Batista said in the statement.
OGX started to produce oil in Brazil's Campos Basin earlier this year.
-By Diana Kinch, Dow Jones Newswires; 55 21 2586 6086; firstname.lastname@example.org
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April 27, 2012 20:21 ET (00:21 GMT)
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