JBS USA names two new executive hires. Juriana Sperandio will assume head of human resources. In her new role, Sperandio will focus on leading the company’s HR efforts throughout the United States and Canada. She will be based in Greeley, Colo., at JBS USA’s North American headquarters.

Sperandio joins JBS USA from Ventura Foods, a California-based food company, where she served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Before her time with Ventura, she spent nearly 10 years at JBS USA, where she held multiple leadership roles, including head of organizational development and head of HR for North American Beef.  

Sperandio has more than 20 years of experience in human resources program management, strategic planning, team development, talent acquisition and retention, succession planning, organizational development, labor relations, regulatory compliance and employee relations. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Unic–Universidade de Cuiaba and an MBA from UNIVAG–Centro Universitario in Brazil.

 Allison Crittenden has been named senior director of government affairs. Crittenden will be based in Washington, D.C., where she will join the team responsible for public policy and government relations strategies.

Previously, Crittenden served as director of government affairs at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where she focused on immigration and other food and agriculture-related issues. Prior to her time at AFBF, Crittenden served as a senior legislative assistant for Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.),and as a legislative and regulatory analyst at The Russell Group.

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A native of Deltaville, Va., Crittenden has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech.