Pursuant to the Article 16, paragraph 3 of JBS’s by-laws, the Company’s Board of Directors consists of seven members: one president, one vice president, three permanent directors without a specific title and two permanent independent directors. During periods of absence or temporary unavailability of the president, the president’s activities will be performed by another member of the Board of Directors, previously appointed by the president.

The Company’s Board of Directors is the decision-making body responsible for, among other matters, establishing policies and guidelines for its business. The Board of Directors also supervises its board of executive officers and monitors their implementation of the policies and guidelines that are established from time to time by the Board of Directors.  Pursuant to Brazilian Corporation Law, the Board of Directors is also responsible for hiring its independent auditors.

The members of JBS’s Board of Directors are elected at general shareholders’ meetings for terms of two years, and are eligible for reelection. The members of JBS’s Board of Directors are subject to removal at any time, with or without cause, at a general shareholders’ meeting. The Company do not elect alternate members of the Board of Directors. According to the Brazilian Corporation Law, each of the members of JBS’s Board of Directors must hold at least one of our shares.

The Board of Directors meets at least once in each fiscal quarter and at any time when an extraordinary meeting is called by the president or by any other member.  Decisions of the Board of Directors are taken by majority vote.

Except when indicated differently, the commercial address of each member is Av. Marginal Direita do Tiête, 500, Vila Jaguara, CEP 05118-100, São Paulo, SP.

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Directors Position Date of Election Term of Office
Jeremiah O'Callaghan Chairman 04/30/2019 ASM 2021
José Batista Sobrinho Vice President 04/30/2019 ASM 2021
Aguinaldo Gomes Ramos Filho Member 04/30/2019 ASM 2021
Gilberto Meirelles Xandó Baptista Member 04/30/2019 ASM 2021
Wesley Mendonça Batista Filho Member 04/30/2019 ASM 2021
José Guimarães Monforte* Member 04/30/2019 ASM 2021
Cledorvino Belini* Member 04/30/2019 ASM 2021
Alba Pettengill* Member 04/30/2019 ASM 2021
Márcio Guedes Pereira Júnior* Member 04/30/2019 ASM 2021

*Independent member.

Jeremiah O’Callaghan: Born in Ireland, he immigrated to Brazil in 1979. He joined the Brazilian meat industry in 1983, developing global trade strategies for the Brazilian beef industry. O’Callaghan initially worked at Mouran (1983 to 1989), then at Bordon (1989 to 1995), finally joining JBS in 1996 to develop the department of International Businesses. He has served as the Investor Relations Officer at JBS for the past 10 years, with responsibility for the Company’s relationship with the CVM and the SEC, and representing JBS with local and international investors and stakeholders.

José Batista Sobrinho: Current Vice-President of the Board and CEO of the Company, Mr. Batista is the founder of JBS. He has more than 50 years of experience in beef production. 

Aguinaldo Gomes Ramos Filho: Mr. Aguinaldo Filho has experience in the beef business in Brazil and in Latin America. He began his career as a member of the Sales team of JBS in Brazil and became the Head of JBS Uruguay. He was also the Head of JBS Paraguay where he was responsible for the consolidation of the operations, making JBS the most important player in the country, and where he led the project of construction of the most modern slaughterhouse in Latin America. Today, he is the CEO of VL Participações, a firm that operates in the agribusiness segment.

Gilberto Meirelles Xandó Baptista: Graduated in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, has a degree in Retail Management at USP/FEA and took especialization in Business Management at Fundação Dom Cabral/INSEAD - France. Today, Xandó is the CEO of Vigor Alimentos S.A. and a member of the Board of Directors of Itambé. During his career, he worked in several areas, such as Corporate Finance, Controlling, Trade Marketing, Marketing, Sales (in Brazil and abroad) and Business Unit management at Natura, Sadia S.A. and Coopers & Lybrand.

Wesley Mendonça Batista Filho: Wesley Filho began his career with JBS USA as a trainee at the Greeley Beef plant located in Colorado. Upon completing the Trainee program, Wesley moved to Brazil joining JBS S.A.. In South America Wesley served in various senior roles including, Asian Export Sales, Head of JBS Uruguay and Head of JBS Paraguay. In 2014 Wesley assumed the positon of President of JBS Canada and relocated to Calgary, Alberta. Since February of 2016, Wesley was the president of the beef business in Canada and USA. Today,  he is the president of JBS operations in South America.

Cledorvino Belini: Cledorvino Belini enjoyed a 44-year career at Fiat, serving as president in Brazil and Latin America for 11 years between 2004 and 2015. Belini was also president of the National Association of Automobile Manufactures (Anfavea) between 2010 and 2013.

Alba Penthegill: Alba joined the meat industry in 1985 as Director of Guarani Slaughterhouse, where she was responsible for the implementation of ISO9000 Quality standards. She has an experience of over 30 (thirty) years in the meat industry and she has deep knowledge of the production processes in this industry. Alba was founder and president of the Paraguayan Chamber of Meat and she has won a prize by the Paraguayan government for the deployment of renewable energy. Alba currently owns and manages lands in Paraguay, where she is dedicated to cattle raising with the improvement of genetic production. She is also a member of the Paraguayan Rural Association Steering Committee and the Paraguayan Animal Health Commission.

Marcio Guedes Pereira Jr: Partner of Pangea and director of Anbima - Brazilian Association of Financial and Capital Market Entities. He previously led Banco J. Safra Investment Banking group, and was director of investment banking at Unibanco, Citigroup and Credit Suisse. He has extensive experience in M&A and Capital Market transactions, including both debt and equity transactions. Marcio has a degree in Business Administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation and completed his MBA from FGV after studying at New York University's Stern School of Business.

José Guimarães Monforte: Partner of Emax Consultoria, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eletrobrás and Chairman of the Advisory Boards of Premix and Elos Institute. Member of the Advisory Board of the Cristália Laboratory and the British School of Creative Arts, member of the Board of Directors of Cyrela, member of the Governance Committee of State-owned Companies of BM&F Bovespa. He has participated in the development of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance, being a Director in 2002, Vice-Chairman of the Board in 2003 and Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2008. He has served as an executive in several banks and companies such as BANESPA, Merrill Lynch Bank, Citibank NA Bank, VBC Energia S/A and Janos Comercio, Administração e Participacoes Ltda., occupying positions in Brazil and abroad. José holds bachelor’s in economics from the Catholic University of Santos.

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