BRF has appointed Neil Peixoto as its vice president of quality, R&D, and sustainability, effective November 1.

He succeeds Fabricio Delgado, who is leaving the Brazilian meat, poultry and food company.

With more than 25 years of experience in the Brazilian and global food industry, Peixoto possesses a sound experience in R&D, quality, manufacturing and business.

He started his career at Fleischmann & Royal in 1992 at the company’s biotechnology center, taking over the Latam Foodservice Department afterward.

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In 2002, already at Kraft Foods, he served as director of corporate and scientific affairs and nutrition for Latin America. In 2007, he took over the position of officer of R&D for the unit of Food and Beverage, where he worked for five years – first in the United States and later in Mexico. During that time, he became a member of the business unit’s committee and was responsible for the company’s technology center in Mexico.

He has spent the last five years employed by Mondelez International in Switzerland. While with that company, Peixoto acted as officer of R&D and quality for Europe, and global officer of R&D and quality for the company’s food division.

Peixoto earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MSc degree in engineering of biochemical processes from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In addition, he earned an MBA from Coppeard/RJ and a specialization from Harvard Business School.

In a notice to the market, BRF expressed its gratitude to Delgado for his 20 years of service to the company. “His energy and is commitment are models for all other employees and helped to pave a way of great success,” the company stated.