GREELEY, Colo. – Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. announced the appointment of Chris Kirke as president of Moy Park, the Northern Ireland-based poultry company it acquired from JBS SA in September 2017.

Janet McCollum, Moy Park
Janet McCollum

Kirke replaced Janet McCollum, who has served as president since 2014. With more than 26 years of food-industry experience, Kirke most recently served as CEO of Dublin-based Greencore Group plc, a processor of retail convenience foods with operations in the US and the UK. According to Pilgrim’s Pride, Kirke is a proven leader specializing in business transformation and customer engagement in both countries. His accomplishments include growing Greencore’s revenues from $300 million to $1.6 billion through acquisitions and organic growth.

Bill Lovette, Pilgrim's Pride
Bill Lovette, president and CEO, Pilgrim’s Pride

Bill Lovette, president and CEO of Pilgrim’s said he is confident in Kirke’s ability to fulfill the company’s vision for the future.

“His proven track record of delivering results for customers, and driving profitability in the UK and the US, will uniquely position the Pilgrim’s European business platform for its next chapter of accelerated growth and innovation.”

Pilgrim’s also announced the promotion of Flavio Malnarcic from executive business director at Moy Park to chief financial officer. Malnarcic previously worked with Cargill and Tyson Foods Inc.