Founder José Batista Sobrinho new JBS CEO
Batista Sobrinho was unanimously chosen to succeed his son Wesley Batista, the company said in a regulatory filing Sunday. Aguinaldo Ramos Filho, another member of the family, will take Wesley’s place on the company’s board. The patriarch will serve until the end Wesley’s term in May 2019 and will be advised by a managing committee formed by Gilberto Tomazoni, JBS’s global head of operations; Andre Nogueira, the CEO of JBS USA; and Wesley Batista Filho, Wesley’s son and the head of JBS USA’s beef division.
The board also established a Global Leadership Team, responsible for providing advice and counsel to the President. The Team is comprised of three senior JBS executives: Gilberto Tomazoni, André Nogueira and Wesley Batista Filho, who currently manage the companies main business areas and will continue to fulfill their current roles and responsibilities. José Batista Sobrinho was the first CEO of JBS, a company he founded in 1953. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for more than ten years.
Gilberto Tomazoni, global director of operations, has been with the company since 2013 and has more than 30 years of experience in leading positions in the food industry. One of JBS’s senior leaders, Tomazoni is responsible for all of the company’s operations worldwide. André Nogueira has been with the company since 2007. Prior to his current role as president of JBS USA, he served as Chief Financial Officer of JBS USA and CEO of JBS Australia.
At the same meeting, the Board of Directors of JBS appointed Aguinaldo Gomes Ramos Filho, an executive with experience in the operations of JBS in Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, to replace Wesley Batista as member of the Board.