Animal protein processor JBS USA's CEO Don Jackson will retire at the end of 2012 as part of a scheduled succession plan, and former JBS USA Chief Financial Officer and current CEO of JBS Australia Andre Nogueira will step in effective January 1, 2013.

Jackson will gradually transition his roles and responsibilities to Nogueira through the end of 2012. Jackson will remain with the company in an advisory capacity and retain his seat on the board of Pilgrim's Corporation. In his new role, Nogueira will have responsibility for all U.S. and Australia operations and will report directly to Wesley Batista, president and CEO of JBS global operations. Under this new structure, Bill Rupp, in addition to his current role as president and chief operations officer of the JBS USA beef business, will assume leadership of the Australia business and report to Nogueira.

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"In my new capacity as CEO, I am excited to continue to work with our team to position JBS USA as the most efficient, preferred supplier for our customers," said Nogueira. "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."