TAYLOR, Mich. – Paul Fox has been appointed managing director for Marfood USA, the North American headquarters for Marfrig Group, effective immediately. He succeeds Alain Martinet, who is returning to Marfrig Group’s world headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil, where he will continue to serve as an active board member.

“Paul Fox brings the right skill set needed to lead Marfood USA as we continue to focus on building our product offerings and the Marfrig Group’s presence in North America,” Martinet said. “Paul’s experience in the protein industry and his leadership skills will help to continue Marfood’s growth in the coming years.”

Before joining the Marfrig Group, Fox was with Tyson Foods Inc., for 17 years where he held various domestic and international leadership positions. Fox also worked for four years as a private equity CEO with Dickinson Frozen Foods, a leading food ingredient company.

Located in Taylor, Mich., Marfood USA calls itself the world’s largest private-label beef jerky supplier, servicing more than 25,000 retail locations in the US. The company offers canned beef and is also the owner of Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky, the third-best selling national brand in the US, as well as Pecos Bill’s Brand, the number one selling brand in Western Canada. Employing more than 85,000 employees at 150 production facilities in 22 countries and with sales more than $16.4 billion, Marfrig Group is the world’s second-largest supplier of beef, pork, lamb and chicken.