CEO Maurício Mendonça Godoy Discusses His Big Project For EBR

Maurício Mendonça Godoy is an executive in Brazil’s engineering and construction industry. For the past four years, he has been the chief executive officer of Estaleiros do Brasil. One of the major projects he has led in this position was building a shipyard for Estaleiros do Brasil (EBR) in São José do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul. He also led a project at Duque de Caxias Refinery, which expanded its natural gas processing unit.

He is a graduate São Paulo’s Mackenzie Presbyterian University. He earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and mechanical engineering in 1983. Maurício Mendonça Godoy also attended Harvard Business School where he completed the course Leading Professional Services Firms. See more information about Mauricio Mendonca Godoy at

He started his career at Codistil Dedini where he was a construction manager from 1985 to 1988. He then joined CBI LIX Construções where for eight years he was a project manager. From 1996 to 2007 he was a project manager and director at Setal Oil & Gas. During four of those years, he was also working at the Brazilian Association of Industrial Engineering as the coordinator of their Technological Innovations Group. Before joining Estaleiros do Brasil, he was the director of TS Gas do Brasil and the CEO of Toyo Setal Empreendimentos Company.

Maurício Mendonça Godoy says that the project he performed for EBR came about because pre-salt deposits were found off the coast of Brazil. EBR decided to build a shipyard in order to extract heavy oil from these deposits. They planned to build three or four Floating Production Storage & Offloading (FPSO) platforms annually. His company started construction of the shipyard in 2013 and in 2014 it started building the first FPSO. The platform was completed in February 2018, 60 days before the contract’s deadline.

He starts his workdays at 7:30 am. The first thing he does is go over his to-do list and mark his priorities for the day. Maurício Mendonça Godoy spends a large part of his day discussing projects and business strategies. He is a firm believer in actively seeking people out to find out their thoughts. He says that it’s often the case that really good ideas go unexplored because some don’t feel that they’re worth sharing.

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