GREELEY, COLO. – Charles Macaluso, a longtime board member at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., passed away Feb. 22. Macaluso served as an independent board member at Pilgrim’s since 2009 and was a member of the Audit Committee.

“On behalf of the Pilgrim’s Board of Directors, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Macaluso family, including his wife Lynn,” said Gilberto Tomazoni, Pilgrim’s chairman of the board. “He was a personal friend, respected member of the board and trusted advisor who was deeply committed to Pilgrim’s. It was a privilege and an honor to serve with Charles and we will miss him dearly.”

He spent 20 years at Dorchester Capital Advisors, a management consulting and corporate advisory firm, where he was a principal. Macaluso gained experience and industry knowledge spanning the food and health and wellness industries during a career that spanned more than 40 years.

“Charles was a tireless contributor to our company’s strategy, vision and success for more than a decade,” said Fabio Sandri, chief executive officer, Pilgrim’s Pride. “He was a colleague and friend who was critical to our company’s growth and transformation. His wise counsel, sense of humor and passion will be sorely missed.”

Macaluso brought substantial experience from both private equity and public company spheres, serving on the boards of directors of numerous companies such as Williams Industrial Services Group Inc., Landec Corporation and Darling Ingredients Inc.

Macaluso joined the Darling board in 2002, where he served as a director in various capacities. He most recently served as lead director and chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

“Mac was a dear friend and mentor to many of us at Darling and we are forever grateful for his many contributions over his nineteen years of service. Mac’s input and leadership was vital in driving unprecedented growth and success at Darling,” said Randall C. Stuewe, chairman and CEO of Darling Ingredients. “Mac will be greatly missed, and Darling employees and board members wish his family our sincerest condolences during this time.”