New JBS chief executive announced

By Aidan Fortune

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Tomazoni has more than 35 years’ experience in senior positions in the food industry
Tomazoni has more than 35 years’ experience in senior positions in the food industry
The board of directors of international meat processor JBS has unanimously elected Gilberto Tomazoni as the company’s new global chief executive officer.

Tomazoni has been an executive at JBS since 2013 and has more than 35 years’ experience in senior positions in the food industry. For the past year he was the company’s chief operating officer, during which time he was directly involved in JBS’ business strategy globally. He will assume the role with immediate effect.

"I am very pleased that Tomazoni is my successor. He lives the company’s culture and has a deep knowledge of our business worldwide,” ​said José Batista Sobrinho. “As chief operating officer, he led JBS operations with great success and, from now on, will lead the company in a new phase of its development.”

Before JBS, he worked at Sadia for 27 years, where he started as a trainee and rose to become the CEO. He served for three years as vice-president of Bunge Alimentos, managing the food and ingredients business, and was also the executive director for South and Central America. He joined JBS as global president of the poultry business in 2013, and subsequently led the establishment of Seara Alimentos as CEO.

In 2015, he was named president of JBS’ global operations and, since 2017, has served as the company’s global chief operating officer. In 2013, he was named chairman of the board of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council of Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC).

Tomazoni said: “I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by José Batista Sobrinho and the board of directors. Together with an outstanding team of 230,000 employees around the world, I will be dedicated to consolidating JBS as a global food company, recognised for its unique business model and the quality, safety and innovation of its products and brands. My commitment is to our company’s reputation and the integrity of our relationships. And, through a relentless attention to transparency, governance and compliance, I want JBS to become a global benchmark.”

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