In his new role, Kotschwar will oversee JBS USA’s global compliance policies and programs which include the code of conduct, whistleblower hotline, global anti-corruption policies, antitrust and competition law, trade compliance and conflict of interest policies. Kotschwar also will work closely with the JBS USA Independent Advisory Board which supports the company’s executive leadership on matters related to corporate governance, government and regulatory affairs, commodity risk management and marketing.
“The appointment of Lance to lead our ethics and compliance efforts reinforces our long-standing commitment to conduct our business in an ethical, responsible manner,” Andre Nogueira JBS USA president and CEO, said. “Lance is an expert in agricultural regulatory policy and compliance and has extensive experience with the laws that govern the rules of conduct for our business today. We are honored to add a professional of his caliber to our leadership team.”
Before joining JBS USA, Kotschwar was chief ethics and compliance officer and vice president for government and industry affairs at The Gavilon Group LLC, a leading commodity management firm. His past experience in federal government includes General Counsel for the US Senate Agriculture Committee; Chief Counsel for the US House Agriculture Committee; General Counsel for the US House Energy and Commerce Committee; and Staff Attorney for the USDA Office of General Counsel.
Kotschwar is credited for his role in several significant pieces of legislation affecting the food and agriculture industries, including the 1996 and 2002 farm bills, the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act, the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 and the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Kotschwar earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a law degree from the Univ. of Nebraska –Lincoln.