Gilberto Tomazoni © Julio Bittencourt.
Brazilian meat producer JBS has named Gilberto Tomazoni as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Tomazoni, who has been an executive at the company for five years, replaces José Batista Sobrinho, father of majority shareholders Joesley and Wesley Batista.
For the past year, Tomazoni has been the firm’s chief operating officer, during which time he has been directly involved in its business strategy globally.
José Batista Sobrinho said: “I am very pleased that Tomazoni is my successor. He lives the company’s culture and has a deep knowledge of our business worldwide. 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.
Gilberto 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.”
He added: “My commitment is with 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.”
Gilberto Tomazoni has a degree in mechanical engineering and a postgraduate degree in management. He worked at Brazilian food producer Sadia for 27 years, where he started as a trainee and rose to become 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’s global operations and since 2017 has served as JBS COO.
José Batista Sobrinho founded JBS in 1953. He will remain a member of the company’s board of directors, a position he has held for more than ten years.
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