05 October 2015, News Wires – Jose Eduardo Dutra, a former Petrobras chief executive and Worker’s Party (PT) president, died on Sunday at the age of 58 after losing a battle with cancer.
A union leader and graduate in geology from Rio de Janeiro’s Federal Rural University, Dutra served as Petrobras boss from January 2003 to July 2005, during the first term of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Dutra also headed Petrobras’ fuel distribution subsidiary, BR Distribuidora, from September 2007 to August 2009, and later was elected PT president for a two-year term in 2010.
In February 2012, he returned to the state-controlled company as corporate and services director under the changes proposed by former Petrobras boss Maria das Gracas Foster.
Exactly three years later, Dutra took a leave of absence to start treating cancer.
Despite close ties to the federal administration, Dutra was never accused of any wrongdoing in the corruption scandal that diverted billions of US dollars from Petrobras coffers’.