JBS USA names new president of beef division
October 7, 2010
There’s a new man at the head of the beef division of JBS USA.
Bill Rupp, 50, was named president of the division effective Monday, said Chandler Keys, spokesman for the Greeley-based company. He succeeds Richard Vesta, who was named president in March of last year when JBS USA bought the Smithfield Beef Group.
Keys said Vesta will remain with the company and would work with Wesley Batista, president and chief executive of JBS USA “on other projects.” He said Vesta was a critical cog in merging the Packerland Beef Co. personnel from the Smithfield group into the JBS operation.
“He brought a lot of good people to Greeley from Packerland,” Keys said of Vesta.
Rupp brings a wealth of experience to the position, Keys said. Most recently, he was CEO of Loveland-based Meyer Natural Foods, but prior to that, he spent 25 years with Cargill Meat Solutions. He left as president of that company in 2008.
“Bill is a tremendous talent and we are always looking for that kind of talent,” Keys said. “When that kind of talent becomes available, you snatch it up.”
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He added that JBS is happy to land someone like Rupp, “because he has 25 years experience with a global company in Cargill,” which he noted is the largest protein company in the world.
Keys said Rupp rose in his career from the ground up, starting in a packing plant and working his way up in the company over a 25-year period, gaining experience in all phases of meat production.