São José dos Campos, November 10, 2005
– Embraer announced the appointment of Ernest Edwards as Vice-President, Executive Aviation Marketing and Sales for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, joining the Company’s world-class sales team and bringing his valuable expertise to the maker of the successful Legacy 600 aircraft.
Former President of Swift Aviation Group, the Legacy 600’s launch customer in 2000, Edwards’ vast aviation experience includes senior positions at Cessna and Gulfstream. He will be based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Edwards said: “With the worldwide acceptance of the Legacy 600 and now the offerings of the very light jet and light jet segments, I am excited to become a key member of the sales team that will drive Embraer Executive Jets to continue to expand.”
Embraer in 2005 made a series of announcements relevant to its executive aviation business. In March, Luís Carlos Affonso was appointed head of this business unit, with his responsibilities including business and product strategies, as well as marketing, sales and customer support.
Now Senior Vice-President for the Executive Aviation Market, Affonso said the following about the arrival of Edwards: “His expertise and track-record bring great value to Embraer. In his former role at Swift, Edwards collaborated with Embraer for the Legacy 600 to reach 12 percent market share in its category since the launch in 2000. His involvement in the program from day one, when Swift became the launch customer for the Legacy 600, and his history of selling aircraft, from small to very large, will support our efforts to expand our market penetration.”
Embraer last May reaffirmed its commitment to the business aviation market by complementing the Legacy 600 offering with jets for the very light, entry and light segments.
To support the product portfolio expansion, Embraer is developing a complete set of integrated service solutions that include factory-direct sales with third-party financing, pilot training and full-scale customer support.“Our goal is to have a comprehensive global product support structure to boost our worldclass sales team and offer customers the best aircraft and services on the market,”
At the 2005 convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Embraer is displaying full-scale mock-ups of the Phenom 100 very light jet and Phenom 300 light jet.
The NBAA convention is being held this year in Orlando, U.S., November 9-11.
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. Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 110 seats with 36 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global Airline, Defense and Business jet markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of September 30, 2005, Embraer had a total workforce of 17,046 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.4 billion.
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