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Boeing Names Former Ambassador Hrinak to Head New Brazil Office

September 28, 2011

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. named Donna Hrinak, a former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, to lead a new office being established by the world’s second-largest maker of commercial aircraft to expand in the South American nation.

Hrinak will start Oct. 14 as president of Boeing Brazil at the office in Sao Paulo, the Chicago-based company said today in a statement. She held the diplomatic post in Brazil from 2002 to 2004 and most recently was PepsiCo Inc.’s vice president for global public policy and government affairs, Boeing said.

“Donna has the right combination of business, government, regional and local experiences to lead Boeing in this important market,” Shep Hill, president of Boeing International, said in the statement. Hrinak will report to Hill.

Brazil is Latin America’s biggest economy. The nation offers Boeing the opportunity to expand sales of products and services and form partnerships in technology, industry and finance, Hill said. The country’s biggest airlines now fly 152 Boeing aircraft, and the company is among three competitors for a contract to supply Brazil’s military with 36 fighter jets.

--Editors: John Lear, Niamh Ring

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