Meet Our Board

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.

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.

Andre Nogueira


USA, Appointed Director 2016

Andre Nogueira is President and Chief Executive Officer of JBS USA®, the North American and Australian subsidiary of JBS SA®, and the second largest global food company in the world. JBS USA® also holds a majority interest in Pilgrim’s Pride®, the second largest poultry company in the U.S. Mr. Nogueira assumed the role of CEO on Jan. 1, 2013. Mr. Nogueira began his career with JBS in 2007, serving as Chief Financial Officer through 2011. He then served as CEO of JBS Australia® throughout 2012. Prior to working for JBS®, Mr. Nogueira worked for Banco do Brasil in corporate banking positions in the U.S. and Brazil. Mr. Nogueira currently serves on the Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation® Board of Directors, the Scott Technology Limited® Board of Directors, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Board of Directors, the NAMI Executive Committee and Rabobank’s North American Agribusiness Advisory Board. He has an MBA from Funcado Don Cabral, a Master’s in Economics from Brasilia University, a B.A. in Economics from Federal Fluminese University, and has completed the Chicago Booth Advanced Management Program.

John Berry

Alternate Director

John Berry is an alternate Director for Mr Nogueira, Mr Eastwood and Mr Elvares.

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


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


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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