Global Head of Investor Relations, Petrobras
Ted Helms has a long and varied career in finance and investor relations in Latin America. He graduated from Columbia College in the City of New York in 1981 with a degree in Philosophy/Economics. Following graduation, he worked for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. (now merged with JP Morgan) from 1981 to 1991, as an international banking officer for the Caribbean and Andean regions. His tenure at the bank, included representative positions in Peru and Venezuela.
Mr. Helms worked in the New York office of Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. from 1991 to 1999, where he assisted the company in raising corporate and project finance debt to support the company´s significant expansion plan throughout the decade. He joined Petrobras in 1999 as the General Manager of the New York office of Petrobras, where he has been involved in a wide range of finance related activities to support the company´s growth. He has actively participated in Petrobras´s efforts to access the international debt and equity capital markets, including working with the ratings agencies to obtain an investment grade rating for Petrobras. In August of 2007, he was named as the Executive Manager of investor relations for the company.