Petrobras shares plunge 20% after CEO Pedro Parente resigns amid strikes

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Petrobras shares plunge 20% after CEO Pedro Parente resigns amid strikes

Petroleo Brasileiro SA’s chief executive quit on Friday in a surprise move that wiped $12 billion off the state-controlled oil producer’s market valuation, after Brazil’s government responded to a national trucking strike by intervening in the company’s fuel pricing policy.

Pedro Parente, who in two years in the job had succeeded in slashing the scandal-plagued company’s debt and restoring it to profitability, said in a resignation letter to President Michel Temer it was clear after the last week’s turmoil that new talks would be needed on pricing policy.

“Given this situation, it has become clear that my remaining as CEO of Petrobras has stopped being positive and will not contribute to the alternatives that the government must consider going forward,” Parente said in the letter.