JBS USA Independent Advisory Board appointed

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Photo: JBS

JBS USA, a leading global protein producer and branded food company with production facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, announced the formation of an independent Advisory Board to support the company’s executive leadership on matters related to corporate governance, government and regulatory affairs, commodity risk management and marketing.
The Advisory Board will be comprised of four respected, independent leaders, including John Boehner, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Greg Heckman, Former President and CEO, The Gavilon Group, Dimitri Panayotopoulos, Former Vice Chairman, Procter & Gamble, and Harvey Pitt, former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Advisory Board will meet quarterly, in addition to providing ongoing counsel to the JBS USA CEO and executive leadership teams in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Speaker John Boehner led the U.S. House of Representatives from January 2011 to October 2015, a time during which he navigated some of the most difficult legislative challenges of the modern era, and forged strong relationships with business and government leaders throughout the world. He has served as a strategic advisor at Squire Patton Boggs, a public affairs firm, since 2016. Additionally, he sits on the Board of Directors of Arizona Mining Inc. and Reynolds American Inc.

Greg Heckman has more than 30 years of experience in the agriculture, energy and food processing industries. Most recently, Greg was CEO of The Gavilon Group, LLC. During his time at Gavilon, Greg led the company through a period of considerable growth in both the agriculture and energy industries, prior to the eventual sale of the agriculture business to Marubeni Corporation and the energy business to NGL Energy Partners. He set the vision and direction for the company, and was also the key leader in the formation of Gavilon and the spinoff of ConAgra Trade Group from ConAgra Foods in 2008.

Dimitri Panayotopoulos has extensive general management, international sales and brand building expertise. He spent more than 37 years working for consumer goods company Procter & Gamble. He began his career in 1977 in the U.K. in sales and went on to become Vice Chairman and Advisor to the Chairman and CEO, before he retired from Procter & Gamble in January 2014.

Harvey Pitt is Chief Executive Officer of the global business consulting firm, Kalorama Partners, LLC, and its law firm affiliate, Kalorama Legal Services, PLLC. Previously, he served as the 26th Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. From 2001 until 2003, Mr. Pitt was responsible for overseeing the SEC’s response to the market disruptions resulting from the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He also created the SEC’s “real time enforcement” program and led the Commission’s adoption of dozens of rules in response to the corporate and accounting crises generated during the 1990s.

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