Gilberto Neves Oversees Construction Giant Odebrecht Usa A Multibillion Dollar Firm Involved In Highprofile Projects
Gilberto Neves is a soft-spoken man. He occupies a high-profile job. And he works for a company that carries a big — construction — stick.
Mr. Neves is president and CEO of Odebrecht USA, whose annual revenues totaled $2.4 billion last year, including income from the firm’s other interests in industrial engineering, oil and gas, and chemicals and petrochemicals.
The parent company of the US firm is Brazil-based Odebrecht, which was founded in 1944 by Norberto Odebrech. The company’s worldwide reach extends to 28 countries — from Africa to Europe and Asia — and boasts 190,000 employees.
The US company has been involved in a number of high-profile projects in Miami-Dade County. They include the expansion of South and North terminals at Miami International Airport and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
"We chose Miami as a point of interest and we chose Miami-Dade as the corporate headquarters for the US corporation," he said. "The company’s philosophy is based on trust, based on delegation, and the spirit of service. That is very strong."