GREELEY, COLO. — Andre Nogueira will become chief executive officer of JBS USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of JBS S.A., on Jan. 1, 2013, following the retirement of Don Jackson.

Mr. Nogueira was previously the chief financial officer for JBS USA and is currently c.e.o. of JBS Australia.

“In my new capacity as c.e.o, I am excited to continue to work with our team to position JBS USA as the most efficient, preferred supplier for our customers,” Mr. Nogueira said. “Global consumption of animal protein has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade, and JBS USA is well-positioned to meet increasing protein demand through its strategic global production and sales platforms. I look forward to working with all of our stakeholders to provide the highest quality beef, pork, poultry and lamb products.”

Mr. Nogueira will have responsibility for all U.S. and Australian operations and report to Wesley Batista, president and chief executive officer of JBS global operations. Mr. Jackson will gradually transition responsibilities to Mr. Nogueira over the next several months and will stay with the company in an advisory role and keep his seat on the board of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.