Venezuela´s oil company PDVSA President, Guaicaipuro Lameda said on Friday to journalist Fread Pals of Down Jones, that a new board of directors for PDVSA is likely to be presented next week by President Hugo Chavez.
"We hope to have a new board next week. It's up to President Chavez and the Council of Ministers to approve the project," Lameda told Dow Jones Newswires in an exclusive interview in Mexico City, where he attended the Hemispheric Energy Conference.
The interview with Dow Jones Newswires is the first interview he has given to a foreign wire service since he took office four months ago. Lameda declined to say whether members of the current board of five will be reappointed or replaced.
"There is a lot of speculation. People will just have to wait until the announcement," Lameda said. The current board consists of Aires Barreto, Domingo Marsicobetre, Eduardo Praselj, Arnoldo Rodriguez Ochoa and Carlos Jorda.
"We all are committed to go with the company in one direction and become a company of world reference," Lameda said to Dow Jones. The change of directors won't affect the course of the company, Lameda added.
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