Embraer makes leadership change amid restructuring plan


Following the failed $4.2bn deal with Boeing, aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced that it is restructuring the company to reintegrate the commercial aviation business. The Brazilian manufacturer also stated that Arjan Meijer would immediately take up the roles of President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation replacing John Slattery.

Arjan, 47, has been Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation since January 2017. In his role as CCO at the company, he has been responsible for the global Marketing and Sales functions across six different regions, helping the company to achieve 35 airline deals. He joined the company in April 2016 as Vice President of Commercial Aviation for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia.

Prior to joining Embraer, Arjan spent 15 years in various executive roles at the KLM Group. His last two roles were Vice President of Technical Services and Fleet Development at KLM’s regional subsidiary KLM Cityhopper and Managing Director at KLM UK Engineering in Norwich. Arjan earned a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from Delft Technical University in the Netherlands and a Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University in the United States.

“Arjan has done a fantastic job as the head of sales for Embraer Commercial Aviation. He has the energy, international experience, and skillset to lead our commercial aviation business at this unique moment,” said Francisco Gomes Neto.

John Slattery is leaving Embraer to take an opportunity with one of the company’s main partners in the industry. Since July 2016, he has been leading Embraer Commercial Aviation. Prior to that, he was the business unit´s Chief Commercial Officer since November 2012.

“John has played a central role at Embraer during a challenging time, and we thank him for his dedication and tireless service to the company, as well as its customers, employees, and partners,” said Alexandre Silva, Embraer Chairman of the Board. “Fortunately, the industry will keep counting on him as he will continue to work in the aviation sector.”

The Boeing-Embraer partnership would have seen Boeing take over Embraer’s commercial aircraft line, which included the manufacturer’s new E2 aircraft line. Boeing terminated the agreement in April as the Coronavirus pandemic ravaged the industry.