Our Leadership

Lincoln Rumenos Guardado


Mr. Lincoln R. Guardado is a Geologist graduated from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) He has more than 35 years of experience in the Petroleum Industry, working on both onshore and offshore basins. In his long professional experience, worked for Petrobras from 1974 until 2009. At Petrobras, he held positions including General Manager of Exploration, when he was responsible for exploration activities in countries including:

  • the United States (Gulf of Mexico);
  • Nigeria;
  • Angola;
  • Argentina;
  • Turkey;
  • India.

In Brazil, between 1995 and 2000, he also acted as General Manager of Exploration, being responsible for an annual exploration budget between US$500 and US$750 million. Of particular note during this period is that the probable reserves at Petrobras reached between 9 and 10 billion BOE (barrels of oil equivalent – inserir hiperlink para o Dicionário do Petróleo) per day. In 1986, as Chief of Interpretation in the Campos basin, Mr. Guardado was part of the team responsible for the discovery of the giant oil fields, such as: Marlim, Albacora East, Barracuda, and Marlim South; among other, contributing to the increase in Petrobras’s reserves. Mr. Guardado joined the Queiroz Galvão Group in 2009, with responsibility for Exploration and has been on the Exploration Board since the creation of QGEP. Since July of 2012, Mr. Guardado has held the position of C.E.O. of the Company and has been extremely important in the consolidation of QGEP as one of the largest E&P companies in Brazil. Mr. Guardado was co-author of various internal technical reports at Petrobras and has published several articles. He is an active member of AAPG (U.S.A.), SBGF (Brazil), and SBG (Brazil).
In 2016, Exploration Director, Mr. Sérgio Rodrigues Michelucci, has retired from the Company for personal reasons. Mr. Lincoln Guardado has accumulated the position of Exploration Director. To support him in the daily activities of Exploration, it was created an Exploration Superintendence undertaken by Mr. José Milton Mendes Cronemberger.
Mr. Mendes is a Geology graduated from the UFPE/UFBA, with Master Degree in Stratigraphy from the UFRGS and MBA in Strategic Business Management from the USP, with more than 37 years of experience in the Petroleum Industry. In his long professional career, he has worked at Petrobras from 1980 until 2012. At Petrobras, he held positions including Geological Monitoring Manager, Interpretation Manager, and the North / Northeast Portfolio Manager also, he has served as Technical and Senior Consultant in Brazilian basins, mainly in Sergipe-Alagoas, Espírito Santo, Santos, and the Gulf of Mexico, in the USA. Since 2012, he heightens with his knowledge and expertise to the development of the Exploration Area at QGEP.


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Paula Costa Côrte-Real

Director of Finance and Investor Relations

Mrs. Paula Costa Côrte-Real has been with the Queiroz Galvão Group for more than 10 years. She is a graduate from the Unversidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with a degree in Production Engineering, from the Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado brasileiro (IBMEC) with an MBA in Finance, and from Coppe/UFRJ with an MBA in Petroleum Studies. Throughout her professional experience, she has worked in the finance area of large oil and drilling service provider companies, such as: Petróleo Ipiranga, San Antonio Internacional, and Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A. At Queiroz Galvão, Mrs. Costa actively participated in the financial structuring of the Manati Oil Field (specifically in the structuring of project finance), in the construction projects of the Lone Star, Gold Star, and Olinda Star platforms, and on the upgrade of the Atlantic Star platform. Combined, these financings total approximately US$1.5 billion.

She was at the forefront of QGEP IPO’s process, which took place in February, 2011, raising more than R$1.5 billion in the public markets. Currently, Mrs. Costa is Director of Finance and Investor Relations with QGEP.

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Danilo Oliveira

Production Director

Mr. Danilo Oliveira has a Civil Engineering degree from the  Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) with a minor in Petroleum Engineering from Petrobras and an MBA from theFundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). He has been with the Queiroz Galvão group for more than 10 years, initially as Production Manager and, later, since 2008, as Production Manager. In his long professional experience, he worked at Petrobras for 29 years, holding notable positions including:

  • 9 years responsible for the completion of offshore oil wells in the Campos basin;
  • 3 years as a member of the planning and execution team for the development of offshore wells in giant oil fields;
  • 10 years as Manager for Underwater Engineering, where activities included the specification, engineering, construction, and testing of equipment to be used in both deep water and ultra-deep waters fields;
  • 3 years in the Material Services Department as Manager of the offshore equipment development group for ultra-deep water applications and
  • 4 years as an Assistant to the Board of Exploration & Production. Since 2010, Mr. Oliveira has served as the Production Director at QGEP.

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