José Aurélio Drummond Jr. will start at the position on Dec. 22.
SÃO PAULO – Brazilian food processor BRF SA appointed José Aurélio Drummond Jr. as CEO on Nov. 23. Drummond will take over for Pedro de Andrade Faria, who will leave the position of CEO on Dec. 22.

Drummond previously worked as chief executive of appliance maker Whirlpool, aluminum manufacturer Alcoa and Eneva.

In a statement, BRF announced Faria would leave BRF SA by the end of 2017. The company thanked Faria for his tenure as CEO.

BRF was one of several meat processing companies in Brazil that were targeted by a federal food fraud investigation. The probe of federal agricultural inspectors and agribusinesses revealed at least 40 cases of federal regulators accepting bribes in exchange for helping food processors put adulterated food products in the marketplace, the Federal Police said.

By the end of March, BRF announced changes to the company’s management team in response to the investigation. The company created two separate divisions to address two objectives.