Haroldo Jacobovicz: Brazilian Civil Engineer and entrepreneur
Haroldo Jacobovicz is a Brazilian Civil Engineer and entrepreneur who develops innovative infrastructures for constructing bridges, dams, and highways. He has been CEO of three companies in Brazil and the United States, with more than forty years of experience in engineering and project management.
Haroldo Jacobovicz studied Civil Engineering at Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) from 1963 to 1967, when he started a career as a structural designer at Engetênio Siderúrgica do Recife (now Usina Belgo-Mineira). He became a bridge designer at Engetênio Siderúrgica do Pará (ESPAR) in 1971. He worked there until 1975 when he was hired by Engenharia Construtora Andrade Gutierrez (ECAG) to work on the planning and design of bridges for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
In 1977, he returned to Brazil and joined INP – Instituto Nacional de Pesos e Medidas as a researcher on concrete structures and bridges. In 1980, he became Head of Structural Design of ECAG. He designed the pontoons for the Rio-Niterói Bridge, which his company constructed – Construtora José Fazzio (CFZ) – in 1984. It was the first time a bridge’s pontoons were constructed in Brazil.
In 1986, he started Jacobovicz Engenharia and led it until 1991, when he joined Engevix Engenharia to work on the development of innovative technology to build bridges and highways. From 1998 to 2003 he was CEO of Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (CONAB – National Supply Company). He developed a system to deliver agricultural products at fair prices during that period.
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From 1986 to 1994, Jacobovicz was CEO of ECAG’s American subsidiary, ECAG America Inc. In 1994, he founded and became CEO of Jacobovicz Construtora, S/A (now Jacobovicz Construtora), in which he created the department of Bridge and Dam Design. In 1999, he was appointed the first Administrator of the Autoridade Monetária Nacional (AMN), a position he held for one year. While working as an AMN administrator, he helped to implement many reforms in Brazil. Haroldo Jacobovicz is married with two children. His son Alex started working as CEO of Jacobovicz Construtora in 2011.