Our Leadership

Fabio Sandri

President and Global Chief Executive Officer

Fabio Sandri joined Pilgrim‚Äôs as Chief Financial Officer in June 2011. He previously served as CFO of Estacio Participa√ß√Ķes, the largest private post-secondary educational institution in Brazil, a post he had held since 2010. Prior to that, he spent nearly two years as the chief financial officer of Imbra SA, a provider of dental services based in S√£o 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 Cama√ßari, Brazil. He earned a Master‚Äôs in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in electrical engineering from Escola Polit√©cnica da Universidade de S√£o Paulo.

Charles von der Heyde

President, Pilgrim’s 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.

Ivan Siqueira

Ivan Siqueira

President, Pilgrim’s Europe

Ivan brings 30 years’ experience in the pork and poultry industries, the last ten of which have been within the JBS organisation, most recently as executive director at Seara Foods, a leading Brazilian food company with an integrated pork and poultry business. Under his leadership, Seara experienced a significant growth rate in sales over the last three years and solidified itself as a market leader in sustainability, animal welfare, innovation and quality products. Ivan has demonstrated the ability to accelerate business growth and drive profitability through the creation of innovative brands well-recognized for superior quality and taste.

Matthew Galvanoni

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Galvanoni joined Pilgrim’s as Chief Financial Officer in March 2021. Matt previously served as the vice president of finance at Ingredion Incorporated since 2016, managing all financial-related responsibilities for the North American arm of the Fortune 500 global manufacturing company. He joined Ingredion in 2012, serving in the role of global corporate controller and chief accounting officer. Matt started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1994 and also held several financial leadership positions at Exelon Corporation. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting and later received a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kendra Waldbusser

Head of Global Food Safety & 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 ‚Äď Renewable Products Division; Divisional Quality Assurance Manager ‚Äď Foodservice Poultry and Regional Quality Assurance Manager – Foodservice Poultry. Kendra is currently serving a three year term on the National Chicken Council Board of Directors.

Lisa Burdick

Head of Human Resources

Lisa Burdick joined Pilgrim’s in October 2012 as a HR Director.  She previously worked for Koch Foods and Tyson Foods in Human Resources for a combined 20 years.  She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Jacksonville State University in 1996 and her Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado State University in 2018.

Sergio Nahuz

Sergio Nahuz

Head of Prepared Foods

Sergio Nahuz joined Pilgrim’s in April 2023. He¬†spent more than eight years at KraftHeinz, serving as President of the Meal Foundations & Coffee Business Unit ‚Äď the largest BU at KraftHeinz ‚Äď as well as President of the Refrigerated Business United and President of US Sales. Prior to that, Sergio was the General Manager of the US Business and the CFO in Europe for Heinz.¬†Sergio has a bachelor‚Äôs degree in Civil Engineering from UFES (Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo – Brazil), and he completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

Bernie Adcock

Bernie Adcock

Head of Retail and QSR

Bernie Adcock joined Pilgrim‚Äôs as the Head of Retail & QSR in September of 2022. ¬†Prior to joining Pilgrim‚Äôs, Bernie was the Chief Global Supply Chain Officer at Beyond. He previously worked in the poultry industry for more than 30 years, serving in several senior roles and as Chief Supply Chain Officer for seven years. Bernie has demonstrated success in building high performing teams throughout his career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in poultry science from Virginia Tech.

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