A strengthened management team, now under the leadership of President and CEO Bill
Lovette, has placed the company in a position for success.
Bill Lovette, President and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Lovette joined Pilgrim's as President and Chief Executive Officer on January
3, 2011. He served as president and chief operating officer of Case Foods for the
past two years. Before that, Bill spent 25 years with Tyson Foods in various roles
in senior management, including President of its International Business Unit, President
of its Foodservice Business Unit and Sr. Group Vice President of Poultry and Prepared
Jayson Penn, Executive Vice President of Sales & Operations
Jayson Penn joined Pilgrim's in March of 2011 as Senior Vice President of the Commercial
Business Group, bringing more than
years of experience in the poultry industry, and was later promoted to his current
role as Executive Vice President of Sales & Operations. Mr. Penn began his career
in his family's poultry further-processing operations, has held sales and management
positions at Sanderson Farms and Marshall Durbin Companies, and served as Director
of Sales at Case Foods. In addition, Mr. Penn recently served on the Board of Directors
and the Executive Committee of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.
Chad Baker, Executive Vice President of Prepared Foods
Chad Baker joined Pilgrim's as Executive Vice President of Prepared Foods
in March 2014. Mr. Baker came to Pilgrim's with more than 20 years of experience in
the food industry including senior level positions at Smithfield Foods and Hormel
Foods. He most recently served as Senior Vice President for the Retail/Foodservice
Brands at Smithfield. Mr. Baker holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary
in Williamsburg, VA.
Walt Shafer, Head of Operations Support
Walt Shafer serves as
Head of Operations Support for Pilgrim's, a position he has
held since April 2011. In this role, he oversees the following areas of our business:
commercial, retail and fresh foodservice; live operations and technical services;
protein conversion; engineering services; and business development. Walt was named
EVP of Operations in February 2009, having served as Senior Division Vice President,
Case Ready, since 2008. He was named Senior Division Vice President, Supply Operations
in 2007 after serving as Executive Vice President, Prepared Foods since 2005. He
previously served as Senior Vice President, Prepared Foods Regional Operations from
2004 to 2005, and as Senior Vice President of Chicken Operations for the company's
Eastern Division from 2001 to 2004.
Fabio Sandri, Chief Financial Officer
Fabio Sandri joined Pilgrim's as Chief Financial Officer in June 2011. He previously
served as CFO of Estacio Participações, the largest private post-secondary
educational institution in Brazil, a post he had held since April 2010. Prior to
that, he spent nearly two years as the chief financial officer of Imbra SA, a provider
of dental services based in São Paolo, Brazil. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Sandri
served as strategy director and corporate controller for Braskem S.A., a New York
Stock Exchange-listed petrochemical company headquartered in Camaçari, Brazil.
He earned a Master's in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University
of Pennsylvania and a degree in electrical engineering from Escola Politécnica
da Universidade de São Paulo.
Charles von der Heyde, President of Pilgrim's de Mexico
Charles von der Heyde joined Pilgrim's in February, 2010 as Senior Vice President
of Commodity Risk Management, Feed Ingredient Purchasing and Export Sales. In January
of 2012, he was promoted to President of Pilgrim's de Mexico. Mr. von der Heyde
comes to Pilgrim's from Bunge LTD in Brazil, where he had worked for more than 29
years. Bunge, a leading agribusiness and food company with integrated operations
that circle the globe, is one of Brazil's largest agricultural exporters, oilseed
processors and wheat millers.
Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance
Kendra Waldbusser has served as
Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance since joining
Pilgrim's in March 2010. Ms. Waldbusser previously worked as director of quality
assurance for renewable products at Tyson Foods. During her 13 years with Tyson,
she also held a variety of other positions, including product manager for Pet Products
Marketing – Renewable Products Division; Divisional Quality Assurance Manager –
Foodservice Poultry and Regional Quality Assurance Manager - Foodservice Poultry.
Head of Human Resources
Doug Schult joined Pilgrim's as
Head of Human Resources in June of 2012. Doug brings
years of Human Resources experience in the protein industry. Doug's protein background
includes, beef, pork, poultry, and the commercial egg industry. Most recently he
was the Head of Human Resources Business Unit Support for JBS USA, where has spent
the last twelve years of his career. Prior to joining what is now JBS USA, he was
the Vice President of Human Resources for Seaboard Corporation. In addition to heading
up Pilgrim's Human Resources, Doug also Heads up Labor Relations for JBS and Pilgrim's.
Head of Protein Conversion
Greg Tatum joined Pilgrim's in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Business Development.
He brings more than
years of poultry experience to the company. Prior to joining Pilgrim's, Mr. Tatum
served nearly five years as chief financial officer of Claxton Poultry in Claxton,
Ga. Before that, he spent four years as vice president of business development at
American Proteins in Cumming, Ga. He also served as director of business development
at Seaboard Farms in Athens, Ga. for 11 years, until it was acquired by ConAgra.
Head of Commodity Risk Management and Feed Ingredient
Aaron Wiegand joined Pilgrim's in 2013 heading our Commodity Risk Management and
Feed Ingredient Procurement team. Aaron came from Bunge, where he was the Director
of Bunge's Corn Product Line based in Geneva, Switzerland. He had previously served
in various capacities with Bunge including VP of Risk Management, Rail Trading Manager,
and Regional Commercial Manager, among others. He also served as Commodity Manager
for Northeast Missouri Grain LLC, a corn-based ethanol producer. He graduated from
the University of Missouri with a degree in Agriculture.
Jose Antonio Valdes, General Director, Pilgrim's de Mexico
Jose Antonio Valdes joined Pilgrim's de Mexico in April 2011 as Sales and Marketing
Director, bringing 20 years of experience in the Mexican poultry industry, and was
later promoted to his current role as General Director of Pilgrim's de Mexico. He
previously served as the Sales Director for Avicarnes de Monterrey. Prior to that,
he worked for 15 years at Trasgo, S.A., where he held a variety of roles. He has
also held positions at Necochea Internacional de Laminados, S.A.; Cia. Vinivola
del Vergel, S.A.; and the University of Coahuila State. He earned a degree in industrial
chemical engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de