William Lovette to president, c.e.o. at Pilgrim's Pride

by Eric Schroeder
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GREELEY, COLO. — The board of directors of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has named William W. Lovette president and chief executive officer of the company, effective Jan. 3, 2011. Mr. Lovette succeeds Don Jackson, who is resigning from the company effective Jan. 2, 2011, in order to assume the position of president and c.e.o. of JBS USA, which is majority owner of Pilgrim’s. Mr. Lovette will report directly to Mr. Jackson, who will continue to serve on Pilgrim’s board of directors.

Mr. Lovette most recently was president and chief operating officer of Case Foods, Inc. since 2008. Before joining Case, he spent 25 years with Tyson Foods in various roles in senior management, including president of its international business unit, president of its food service business unit and senior group vice-president of poultry and prepared foods.

“Bill is exceptionally qualified to lead Pilgrim’s and our 41,000 employees to even greater success in the years ahead,” Mr. Jackson said. “He brings a tremendous breadth of industry experience and a proven track record of success to this role. He has a deep knowledge of the poultry business and the market environment, and we believe that he will lead Pilgrim’s to continued growth and profitability.”

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