Brazilian Airline Gol announced the creation of a new position in the company, Vice President of Management and Personnel, which will be held by senior executive Ricardo Khauaja, age 39.
"I'm looking forward to the challenges of working for a service company in the highly competitive airline industry," said Khauaja. "The new vice presidency will continue to focus on Gol's operations and processes, always ensuring that they are in line with the Company's quality and organizational policies," said Khauaja.
"The creation of this vice presidency is a crucial step, giving us a more solid structure geared exclusively to organizational development and personnel management," added Constantino de Oliveira Junior, Gol's CEO.
Khauaja has a degree in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and an MBA in Finance from the Brazilian Capital Market Institute (IBMEC/RJ). He also completed "The Transition from Functional to General Management" course at Columbia University in the United States.
Before joining Gol, he worked for six years at home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, first as the Human Resources Officer for Latin America (three years), followed by Vice President (three years).
Prior to this, he worked for beverage company Ambev for ten years, where he served in several positions, including Corporate Human Resources manager (2001 to 2003).
Throughout his career, Khauaja has been responsible for a number of projects, including recruitment and selection, competence evaluation, union relations, the implementation and management of training, development programs and the standardization of benefit policies.
Gol offers around 800 daily flights to 49 destinations that connect all the important cities in Brazil and nine major destinations in South America. The Company operates a fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.