Sao Paulo, January 10, 2018 – JBS USA has selected Thomas Lopez, a former Kraft-Heinz food executive with over 18 year’s industry experience, to lead Plumrose USA, the consumer ready meat business. Lopez will lead the company’s growth and development strategy and will directly supervise operations.
Plumrose USA is known for its food products, including bacon, sliced meats and cold cuts, hams and cooked ribs. It has five facilities making prepared foods – Indiana, Iowa (2), Mississippi and Vermont – and two distribution centers – Mississippi and Indiana.
The appointment of Lopez as president of Plumrose USA is a continuation of the JBS USA strategy to build a team of world-class executives that will grow and strengthen the company as a leading global food supplier, with products and brands recognized by consumers worldwide.
“It is an honor to join the JBS USA team and work alongside some of the most highly respected executives in the food and farming industries”, said Lopez. “Over the past decade, JBS USA has led a successful turnaround of food brands such as Swift®, Pilgrim®, Moyer® and Packerland®. I look forward to contributing to the expansion of the brand and driving innovation to meet consumers’ needs”.
Lopez previously held several positions at Kraft Foods and the Kraft-Heinz Food Company, more recently as president of the Beverages and Snacks Division. He was responsible for the portfolio transformation and strategies of some of Kraft’s biggest brands. During his career at Kraft and Kraft-Heinz, Lopez’s leadership skills saw him elevated to brand manager in 1999, Marketing director in 2009, vice-president of Marketing for Refrigerated Meats in 2012, vice-president of US Growth Channels in 2015, president of Meals and Desserts in 2015 and subsequently president of Beverages and Snacks.
“Tom brings a great deal of experience leveraging consumer marketing practices to deliver strong brand performance”, said Andre Nogueira, President of JBS USA. “Throughout his career, he has shown a unique ability to lead and engage teams and achieve excellent results. His extensive experience consolidating consumer brands, leading turnarounds and improving financial results, as well as his sales, marketing, research and development and operations management skills will be a valuable resources for the Plumrose USA team. We look forward to having such as well-respected and recognized executive on our team”.
Lopez was born in Kewanee, Illinois and holds a degree in Engineering and Management from the US Military Academy at West Point and a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Missouri.
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 235 thousand employees in over 20 countries. The company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, including 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 sustainability practices throughout its value chain and constantly monitors its suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced maps of supplier farms and monitors official data from government agencies; the company also focuses on the highest possible food safety and quality standards and has adopted a number of animal wellfare procedures.
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