In this position, Valcuende de Almada provides Embraer onsite support, supply chain collaboration, and aftermarket support and facilitation with the overall goal of enhancing BAE Systems’ capability and engagement in Brazil, an emerging aircraft market cluster.
“Embraer is a key customer for BAE Systems,” said Todd Rash, vice president and deputy general manager of Commercial Aircraft Solutions at BAE Systems. “Barbara’s on-site presence will facilitate the relationship between the two companies and enable us to better serve Embraer.”
Valcuende de Almada joined the company in 2008, working in the UK for BAE Systems’ shared services organization. She received a master’s degree in management and finance from the University of Bath, and is originally from Vitoria, Brazil.
BAE Systems’ Commercial Aircraft Solutions has more than four decades of experience in manufacturing high-integrity avionics, flight and engine controls, and a broad range of cabin and flight-deck electronics. The company has had a presence in Brazil dating back to 1998, and its current involvement spans both commercial avionics and military systems such as Naval guns, radars and armored vehicles. It is seeking to establish mutually beneficial industrial partnerships with the Brazilian defense, aerospace and security industry. In 2011, BAE Systems was selected by aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force to provide flight control electronics for KC-390 transport.
Shelby Cohen, BAE Systems
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