Our Leadership

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Jayson Penn

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jayson Penn joined Pilgrim’s in March of 2011 as Senior Vice President of the Commercial Business Group, bringing to Pilgrim’s more than 23 years of experience in the poultry industry, has served as Executive Vice President and most recently, as President of Pilgrim’s USA. Mr. Penn began his career in his family’s poultry operations and has held management positions at several leading poultry companies. He has also served on the board of directors and the executive committee of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council and currently serves on the board and executive committee of the National Chicken Council and the board of directors of The World Poultry Foundation. He is a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Mass.

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.

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Chris Kirke

President, Pilgrim’s Moy Park

Chris Kirke was named president of Moy Park in May of 2018. Chris brings more than 26 years of food industry experience in the US and the UK to Moy Park. As CEO of Greencore US, Chris drove growth and innovation across a platform that included more than 6,000 employees in 14 locations across nine states, and provided convenience food products for some of the largest retailers and brands in America. Under his leadership, the business grew revenues and became a profitable, industry leader.

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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 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.

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Kendra Waldbusser

Head of 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 – Renewable Products Division; Divisional Quality Assurance Manager – 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.

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Randy Stroud

Head of Global Live Support

Randy Stroud has worked for Pilgrim’s for 38 years. He started out as a breeder service technician and has held the position of breeder/hatchery manager, live production manager and spent two years in Mexico as President of Pilgrims de Mexico. He held the position of Sr. Vice President of Live Technical Services for 10 years until his recent appointment to Global Live Support.

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Joe Waldbusser

Head of Commodity Risk Management and Feed Ingredient Purchasing

Joe Waldbusser joined the JBS Risk Management Team in 2010 trading grain and oilseed futures and has also worked for Pilgrims’ finance team on strategy and analysis. Joe came from Tyson where he traded soybean meal in Springdale, AR. Prior to joining Tyson he worked in the Investment Banking industry with JP Morgan as an analyst. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in finance.

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