JBS USA appoints head of ethics, compliance

Lance Kotchswar to oversee global compliance policies and programs.

April 25, 2018

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JBS USA appoints head of ethics, compliance

JBS USA announced April 25 that it has named Lance Kotschwar as head of ethics and compliance for the company’s operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The announcement is part of ongoing efforts to improve the company’s image and reputation after numerous scandals in Brazil have continued to plague JBS.

Kotchswar will join the JBS USA leadership team, reporting directly to JBS USA president and chief executive officer Andre Nogueira. He will oversee the company’s global compliance policies and programs, including the code of conduct, whistleblower hotline, global anti-corruption policies, antitrust and competition law, trade compliance and conflict-of-interest policies, ensuring that JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Pride operations around the world implement and maintain the highest ethical standards.

As an experienced regulatory and compliance professional, Kotschwar spent nearly a decade in the agriculture industry implementing and managing compliance programs and regulatory issues, on top of his nearly two decades of federal legislative and regulatory experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and both chambers of Congress.

“The appointment of Lance to lead our ethics and compliance efforts reinforces our long-standing commitment to conduct our business in an ethical, responsible manner,” Nogueira said. “Lance is an expert in agricultural regulatory policy and compliance and has extensive experience with the laws that govern the rules of conduct for our business today. We are honored to add a professional of his caliber to our leadership team.”

Immediately prior to joining JBS USA and Pilgrim’s, Kotschwar served as the chief ethics and compliance officer and vice president for government and industry affairs at The Gavilon Group LLC, a leading commodity management firm.

In his new role, Kotschwar will work closely with the JBS USA Independent Advisory Board, which supports the executive leadership on matters related to corporate governance, government and regulatory affairs, commodity risk management and marketing.

“The members of the advisory board are pleased with the appointment of Lance Kotschwar as head of ethics and compliance,” said Harvey Pitt, CEO of Kalorama Partners LLC, former chairman of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and member of the JBS USA Independent Advisory Board. “We look forward to working closely with Lance to strengthen ethics and compliance efforts, improve investor confidence and position the company for future opportunities. I commend the leadership shown by JBS USA and Pilgrim’s in this appointment.”

During his time in Washington, D.C., Kotschwar served as general counsel for the Senate Agriculture Committee, chief counsel for the House Agriculture Committee, general counsel for the House Energy & Commerce Committee and staff attorney for the USDA Office of General Counsel. He played an instrumental role in several significant pieces of legislation affecting the food and agriculture industries, including the 1996 and 2002 farm bills, the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act, the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 and the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

Kotschwar is a member of the Nebraska and District of Columbia bar associations, earning a bachelor degree in agriculture and a Juris doctor degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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