Vale, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vania Lucia Chaves Somavilla was appointed Vale’s Executive Director of Human Resources, Health and Safety, Sustainability and Energy in November 2011. She is responsible for the companys Corporate Affairs, Institutional Relations, Business Security, and Communications areas, as well as the Vale Foundation. She was formerly Executive Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services.
Ms Somavilla joined Vale in 2001 as General Manager of Energy Sales Planning. From March 2004 to March 2010, she was Director of the Energy Department, and she took on the additional functions of CEO of Vale Energia SA from April 2009 to May 2010, and CEO of Petroleum Geoscience Technology Ltda. (now Vale Óleo e Gás SA). She was appointed Director of Vales Environment and Sustainable Development Department in April 2010. Between 1995 and 2001, she worked at CEMIG (Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais) as the coordinator for new hydroelectric plants and other power generation projects.
She has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), a postgraduate diploma in Dam Engineering from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, and an MBA in Corporate Finance from IBMEC Business School, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She has also taken the Transformational Leadership Program at MIT, the Mastering Leadership Program at IMD, Switzerland, and an extension course in Management of Hydro Power Utilities at SIDA, Sweden.