We had a fascinating call with an EMBRAER pioneer recently. Satoshi Yokota has served as Member of the Board of Directors of Embraer SA since 2011. He previously served as Member of the Executive Board and EVP for Strategic Planning and Technology Development of EMBRAER from 2007 to 2009. He is an electrical engineer trained at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics.

He has held several positions at EMBRAER from 1970 to 2008 as Assistant Director of Programs and Commercial Contracts, EVP of Engineering and Development, VP Industrial and finally to Executive VP of Strategic Planning and Technological Development. He was Chairman of the Board of ELEB EMBRAER Liebherr SA of Brazil from 2000 to 2008 and consultant of EMBRAER from 2009 to 2011. He is Director of TPI, the Contec Fiesp, Parque Tecnologico Association SJC, Chairman of Ipplan Institute for Research, Planning and Administration and Member of the Board of Jacto Equipamentos Agricolas.

With a background like this you can imagine what an interesting man he is.

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Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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