Our Management
Bill Lovette
President and Chief Executive Officer

Bill Lovette joined Pilgrim's as President and Chief Executive Officer on January 3, 2011. He served as president and chief operating officer of Case Foods for the past two years. Before that, Bill spent 25 years with Tyson Foods in various roles in senior management, including President of its International Business Unit, President of its Foodservice Business Unit and Sr. Group Vice President of Poultry and Prepared Foods.

Jayson Penn
Executive Vice President of Sales & Operations

Jayson Penn joined Pilgrim's in March of 2011 as Senior Vice President of the Commercial Business Group, bringing more than 23 years of experience in the poultry industry, and was later promoted to his current role as Executive Vice President of Sales & Operations. Mr. Penn began his career in his family's poultry further-processing operations, has held sales and management positions at Sanderson Farms and Marshall Durbin Companies, and served as Director of Sales at Case Foods. In addition, Mr. Penn recently served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.

Mark Phillips
Head of Prepared Foods

Mark Phillips joined Pilgrims as Executive Vice President of the Prepared Foods business unit on November 28th 2016. He served in senior leadership roles with leading equipment suppliers for the past 33 years.  His work was with Stein and DSI which is now JBT and MP Equipment. His experience was focused on poultry further processing around the globe. 

Fabio Sandri
Chief Financial Officer

Fabio Sandri joined Pilgrim's as Chief Financial Officer in June 2011. He previously served as CFO of Estacio Participações, the largest private post-secondary educational institution in Brazil, a post he had held since April 2010. Prior to that, he spent nearly two years as the chief financial officer of Imbra SA, a provider of dental services based in São Paolo, Brazil. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Sandri served as strategy director and corporate controller for Braskem S.A., a New York Stock Exchange-listed petrochemical company headquartered in Camaçari, Brazil. He earned a Master's in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in electrical engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo.

Charles von der Heyde
President of Pilgrim's de Mexico

Charles von der Heyde joined Pilgrim's in February, 2010 as Senior Vice President of Commodity Risk Management, Feed Ingredient Purchasing and Export Sales. In January of 2012, he was promoted to President of Pilgrim's de Mexico. Mr. von der Heyde comes to Pilgrim's from Bunge LTD in Brazil, where he had worked for more than 29 years. Bunge, a leading agribusiness and food company with integrated operations that circle the globe, is one of Brazil's largest agricultural exporters, oilseed processors and wheat millers.

Kendra Waldbusser
Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Kendra Waldbusser has served as Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance since joining Pilgrim's in March 2010. Ms. Waldbusser previously worked as director of quality assurance for renewable products at Tyson Foods. During her 13 years with Tyson, she also held a variety of other positions, including product manager for Pet Products Marketing – Renewable Products Division; Divisional Quality Assurance Manager – Foodservice Poultry and Regional Quality Assurance Manager - Foodservice Poultry. Kendra is currently serving a 3 year term on the National Chicken Council Board of Directors.

Eduardo Noronha
Head of Human Resources and Performance Management

Eduardo Noronha joined Pilgrim’s as Head of Performance Management in May of 2014 and is in charge of Human Resources and Performance Management since January of 2015. Mr. Noronha has more than 20 years of experience developed in different businesses such as beverage and poultry industries and health insurance in Brazil. He previously served as COO of Qualicorp SA, the largest healthcare benefits administrators and health management services providers in Brazil, he served also as Head of HR and Performance Management of Sadia (current BRF) and before that he served AmBev for almost 10 years in HR, Performance Management and Operations. Mr. Noronha has a degree in Mechanical Engineering by Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, is specialized in Quality Engineering by Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais and Advanced Management Course in Fundacao Dom Cabral/Insead – France.

Tyson Hall
Head of Export Sales

Tyson Hall joined Pilgrim’s as Head of Export Sales in October of 2016. Mr. Hall has 14 years of experience in the chemical industry in various leadership & functional roles from general management to finance &process technology. He previously served as Global Business Director of Performance Materials at Albemarle Corporation, a leading producer of specialty chemicals. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MBA.  

Chris Knight
Head of Engineering

Chris Knight joined Pilgrim’s as Head of Engineering in September of 2015.  Mr. Knight has more than 20 years of experience in the chemical industry leading various business and functional organizations --engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, mergers & acquisitions, business development, and technology.  Mr Knight has a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.  He also has an MBA from Louisiana State University.

Joe Waldbusser
Head of Commodity Risk Management and Feed Ingredient Purchasing

Joe Waldbusser joined the JBS Risk Management Team in 2010 trading grain and oilseed futures and has also worked for Pilgrims’ finance team on strategy and analysis. Joe came from Tyson where he traded soybean meal in Springdale, AR. Prior to joining Tyson he worked in the Investment Banking industry with JP Morgan as an analyst. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in finance.