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São Paulo, 17th September, 2017 – JBS informs that on September 16, 2017, the Board of Directors unanimously elected José Batista Sobrinho, founder of JBS, as President of the Company. Batista Sobrinho will complete the current term of office for the position of President.


The Board also established a Global Leadership Team, responsible for providing advice and counsel to the President. The Global Leadership Team is comprised of three senior JBS executives: Gilberto Tomazoni, André Nogueira and Wesley Batista Filho, who currently manage JBS’s main business areas and will continue to fulfill their current roles and responsibilities.


José Batista Sobrinho was the first president 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 president 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.


Wesley Batista Filho currently leads the beef division of JBS USA, and has held several leadership positions at JBS in five countries since 2010.


“At this important moment for the company, the highest priority defined by the Board of Directors is to ensure the continued success of the business and the prosperity of employees, shareholders and all stakeholders,” said Tarek Farahat, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JBS. “The new global leadership structure provides continuity and prepares the company for new opportunities ahead.”


The Board of Directors also agreed to identify and select a Chief Financial Officer at JBS S.A . “The selection of a new CFO will be an important step in strengthening the company’s governance,” says Farahat.


“I am proud to resume leadership of the company we successfully established in 1953,” says José Batista Sobrinho. “I have complete confidence in the performance of our leadership, our management team and in our 235,000 employees worldwide who have made JBS the success it is today.”


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.


About JBS
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 235,000 employees in over 20 countries. The company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, such , as Doriana, Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 300,000 customers of more than 150 nationalities worldwide. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. JBS has adopted best corporate governance and sustainability practices throughout its value chain and its operational management focuses on guaranteeing high food quality and safety and animal welfare.

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