FORM 6-K

                                 UNITED STATES
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 or 15d-16 OF
                      THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                               For APRIL 25, 2002

                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

                        Valley of the Doce River Company
                (Translation of Registrant's name into English)

                         Federative Republic of Brazil
                (Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

                          Avenida Graca Aranha, No. 26
                      20005-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

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                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce

                               TABLE OF CONTENTS

This Form 6-K contains the following:

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1.  Press Release entitled "CVRD Has a New CFO" dated April 25, 2002......3


[Logo] Companhia
       Vale do Rio Doce                                           Press Release

                               CVRD HAS A NEW CFO

Rio de Janeiro, April 25, 2002 - Fabio Barbosa, the former Secretary of the
Brazilian National Treasury, is the new Chief Financial Officer of Companhia
Vale do Rio Doce - CVRD. Fabio Barbosa was invited by Roger Agnelli, CVRD's
CEO, and his name was unanimously approved by CVRD Board of Directors. Fabio
Barbosa will start his activities as CVRD CFO on next July.

Mr. Agnelli reminded that the new Executive Director was already participating
in the Board of Directors as the National Treasury representative. "He is
completely familiar with the Company's subjects and, as an Executive Director,
he will be able to provide the Company a worthy contribution in the financial
division. Fabio Barbosa accumulated a large experience during the years he
worked in the public sector that allows him to execute this important mission
in a Company like CVRD. We are very happy with his appointment and anxious to
work with him on day-to-day basis" emphasized Roger Agnelli.

Fabio Barbosa, a 41 year old economist, served the Brazilian Government since
1984, and has participated as a member of the Board of Directors of Companhia
Siderurgica de Tubarao, Telesp, Caixa Economica Federal, Banco do Brasil,
Banespa, besides CVRD. From 1992 to 1995, he was an advisor to the Executive
Board of the World Bank.

                                       For further information, please contact:
          Roberto Castello Branco: castello.branco@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4540
                        Andreia Reis: andreia.reis@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4643
                    Barbara Geluda: barbara.geluda@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4557
                    Daniela Tinoco: daniela.tinoco@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4946
                    Rafael Azevedo: rafael.azevedo@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4700

This press release may contain statements that express management's
expectations about future events or results rather than historical facts. These
forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking
statements, and CVRD cannot give assurance that such statements will prove
correct. These risks and uncertainties include factors: relating to the
Brazilian economy and securities markets, which exhibit volatility and can be
adversely affected by developments in other countries; relating to the iron ore
business and its dependence on the global steel industry, which is cyclical in
nature; and relating to the highly competitive industries in which CVRD
operates. For additional information on factors that could cause CVRD's actual
results to differ from expectations reflected in forward-looking statements,
please see CVRD's reports filed with the Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios and
the U.S. Securities and Exchange


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                            COMPANHIA VALE DO RIO DOCE

                                            By: /s/ Roberto Castello Branco
                                            Name:  Roberto Castello Branco
                                            Title: Head of Investor Relations

Dated: April 25, 2002