Meet Our Board

Alan Byers


USA, Appointed Director 2020

Alan was most recently the President of US Regional Beef, retiring from that position after 43 years in the industry. Alan is now serving as a Senior Advisor to Andre Nogueira and the collective JBS US business. Prior to joining JBS USA, Alan held a number of senior executive roles, including CEO / President of Meyer Natural Foods, President of ConAgra Signature Meats, and 18 years with Hormel culminating in an assignment as President of Dubuque Foods. Alan’s career experience has included positions as Plant Personnel Manager, Corporate Labour Relations Manager, Industrial Engineering Manager, Corporate Operations Manager, Plant Manager, Product Marketing Director, and Executive Vice President of Sales. Alan is a Drake University graduate with a degree in Industrial Communication. He also holds an MBA from Kellog School of Business/Northwestern.

Stuart McLauchlan

Chairman and Independent Director

BCom, FCA(PP), A.F.Inst.D | Dunedin, Appointed Director 2007

Mr McLauchlan is a Senior Partner of GS McLauchlan & Co Business Advisors and Accountants, a prominent businessman and company director. He is a Director of Scenic Hotels Limited, Dunedin Casinos Limited, Ngai Tahu Tourism Limited, EBOS Group Limited and several other companies. Mr McLauchlan is also Chairman of the NZ Sports Hall of Fame, Chairman of AD Instruments Pty Limited and Chairman of UDC Finance Limited. He is also a past President of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Mr McLauchlan is a qualified accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago, an FCA from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.


John Kippenberger

Executive Director

John is an experienced business leader who has a successful career as CEO of a number of international business-to-business and consumer branded companies.  This has included time in Australia as CEO of several industrial companies of George Weston Foods Limited before leading their large meat & dairy organisation which included 1,200 people operating across seven factories.

After returning to New Zealand in 2006, John was a part-owner and the Chief Executive of Premier Beehive NZ Limited.  More recently, John led the exponential growth and development of Manuka Health NZ Limited.  This included expansion of the company’s agricultural and factory operations, along with an acquisition in Germany and the opening of company operations in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and parts of South East Asia and China.

Brent Eastwood


Brisbane, Appointed Director 2016

Brent Eastwood was appointed Chief Executive Officer of JBS Australia in September 2012. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer for JBS Australia (Northern). Brent has extensive international experience in business leadership, and the sales and marketing of animal protein. He has worked in executive roles within JBS USA including Head of JBS Trading Worldwide, Vice-President Beef Sales USA and President of JBS Carriers USA. His prior experience in Australia included time with JBS’ predecessor company, Australia Meat Holdings, as General Manager of AMH Trading Division for five years, eight years in meat trading with the DR Johnson Group and three years as CEO of the ConAgra Trade Group in Sydney. Brent is also Member of AICD, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Edison Alvares


BA, MBA, MEcom, Completed Chicago Booth Advanced Management Program | Brisbane, Appointed Director 2016

Edison Alvares has over 20 years experience in major companies within Brazil and on a global scale. He holds an Economics degree and Business Administration degree, and concluded his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in 2015 at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His area of expertise is Finance and Controlling. For the past nine years Edison Alvares has led the Finance and Administration team of JBS Australia, from the first stages of JBS’s ownership and expansion in 2007, through to the consolidated business today of over 13,000 employees and revenue in excess of AU$7 Billion.

John Berry

Alternate Director

John Berry is an alternate Director for Mr Alvares, Mr Byers and Mr Eastwood.

John is a Director and Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs of JBS Australia Pty Limited. He has held senior executive roles in the Australian Meat Industry for over 18 years, and has responsibility for industry, government and corporate relations, industrial relations, environmental operations and sustainability within the JBS Australia business.

John has been involved in the major acquisitions JBS Australia has undertaken over the past decade.

Along with being a Director of JBS Australia Pty Limited, he is also Chairman of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Derek Charge

Independent Director

B.Juris, LLB, LLM (Media, Communications and IT Law) | Appointed March 2019

Derek Charge is an experienced executive with a background in textiles manufacturing, heavy manufacturing, mining and minerals processing, and logistics and port operations. He has extensive experience in establishing supply chains and marketing throughout Asia, particularly China and Japan.

Derek is Chief Operating Officer of Mohawk Flooring Australasia, a division of the world’s largest flooring company.  Prior to joining Mohawk he held a number of executive roles with BlueScope Steel Limited, and before that was a partner of Australian law firm, Sparke Helmore, specialising in mineral resource development and environmental planning law.

John Thorman

Independent Director

BCom, CA, MInstD | New Zealand, Appointed Director 2018

John Thorman is the Managing Director of TMF Group New Zealand and a director of a number of other overseas owned New Zealand businesses.  John has had a successful career with leading global professional services firms working in Europe and New Zealand as well as holding the position of CFO of an internet start-up.  John has considerable experience in assisting companies expand into new markets, acquire and integrate businesses and maintain compliance globally.


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