JBS S.A. has named Gilberto Tomazoni as the first manager of its global chicken operations, putting him in charge of chicken production in Brazil, Mexico and the U.S.
Production in Mexico and the U.S. is organized as Pilgrim's Pride Corp.
Tomazoni has extensive experience in the food industry, according to the announcement. He spent 27 years at Sadia S.A., the last four as chief executive officer, and led the internationalization of the company's food lines, including its poultry products.
(Sadia merged with Perdigao S.A. in 2009 to establish Brasil Foods Co., a major food company with interests in beef, pork, poultry, dairy, pasta and frozen vegetables.)
He most recently was vice president at Bunge Alimentos and managed its foods and ingredients business.
Tomazoni represents a new step in the professionalization of JBS and the strengthening of the executive team, JBS CEO Wesley Batista said.
His knowledge of the poultry sector will provide "a relevant contribution to broaden our global perspective" of the poultry business, Batista added.
JBS, the largest beef processor in the world, entered the chicken business with its acquisition of a majority interest in Pilgrim's Pride at the end of 2009 (Feedstuffs, Jan. 4, 2010) and has subsequently expanded into chicken production in Brazil through acquisitions of chicken companies (Feedstuffs, May 7, 2012). It processes more than 8.5 million chickens per day and exports chicken products to more than 10 countries.
JBS, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the third-largest beef and pork processor in the U.S. and has important interests in dairy production and leather manufacturing. The company reported 2011 sales that totaled 61.797 billion reals ($34.128 billion).