Our Leadership

Jayson Penn

President and CEO, Pilgrim's Global

Chris Kirke

President, Pilgrim's Moy Park

Charles von der Heyde

President, Pilgrim's Mexico

The Pilgrim’s executive team, under direction of the board, is responsible for the company’s operations. This includes implementation of the strategic, financial and management policies, as well as preparation of financial statements and other reports.

Corporate Governance and Compliance

Implicit in our corporate philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. The Pilgrim’s board of directors sets high standards for our team members, officers and directors, and is comprised of five independent members, ensuring that credible, expert voices of objectivity help guide the direction of our business. The board is responsible for reviewing the overall operating, financial and strategic plans and performance of the company and the process by which financial and non-financial information about the company is provided to management, the board and the company’s stockholders. In addition, the board also selects and evaluates senior executives and oversees appropriate policies of corporate conduct and compliance.


In 2018, Pilgrim’s board of directors approved a new Code of Conduct and Ethics and a Compliance Plan, both of which are administered and overseen by a new Ethics and Compliance Group (ECG). The head of ethics and compliance reports to the Pilgrim’s board of directors and the CFO. Additionally in 2018, Pilgrim’s combined, revised and expanded their team member reporting systems into the “Ethics Line,” which is administered by the ECG and now accessible – both online and via a telephone line – to all Pilgrim’s team members across the globe.   

The ECG is also responsible for developing, administering and training on the policies and procedures ancillary to the new Code of Conduct and Ethics, including anti-bribery/anti-corruption, anti-trust/competition, international trade and sanctions, conflicts of interest and gifts. In 2018, all Pilgrim’s team members received training on the new Code of Conduct and Ethics. Additionally, all relevant Pilgrim’s team members received in-person training on anti-bribery/anti-corruption policy, including the anti-bribery laws of the U.S., the U.K. and Mexico.

Pilgrim's Board of Directors

Gilberto Tomazoni

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation; Global CEO, JBS S.A.

Andre Nogueira

President and CEO, JBS USA Food Company

Denilson Molina

Chief Financial Officer, JBS USA Food Company

Farha Aslam

Former Managing Director and Senior Analyst (Food and Agribusiness Research), Stephens, Inc.

Vincent Trius

Head of Global Innovation, JBS S.A.; Former President and Director, Loblaw Companies Limited

Wallim Cruz de Vasconcellos Junior

Former Partner, Iposeira Partners, Ltd.; Member of the Board, Santos Brazil S.A.

Arquimedes A. Celis

Former Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Lala, Industrias Bachoco

Michael L. Cooper

Executive Vice President, Managing Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Director, Kincannon & Reed

Charles Macaluso

Principal, Dorchester Capital, LLC