JBS United, Inc. has announced that John Swisher, CEO and chairman of the board, was named chairman emeritus of the company’s board of directors as of Oct. 8. Doug Webel, Ph.D., previously COO of the Animal Nutrition & Health Group of JBS United, assumed the role of president and CEO, and John Corbett assumed the role of chairman of the board.
Swisher founded the company in 1956 as United Feeds and under his leadership the company has grown to over 340 employees and reaches 23 countries. After 60 years of industry leadership, Swisher has become an icon for what it means to be reputable and effective in agribusiness. He has served on the boards of directors of Indiana Pork Producers Association and the 4H Foundation and is one of only four recipients to receive both the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award and be inducted into the Indiana Business Hall of Fame.
“These 60 years have been an amazing journey,” remarked Swisher. “I’ve always considered myself good at finding talented people. I couldn’t be happier with our leadership team at JBS United and am confident in the next 60 years of the organization.”
Webel joined the company in 1998 as a Swine Nutritionist, taking the role of director of R & D in 2004, as VP of emerging technologies in 2005 and COO of Animal Nutrition & Health in 2008.
“Early in my career, I learned that I share the same philosophy as John,” explained Webel. “He is a great leader and I look forward to maintaining the culture and advancing the business through John’s vision. We come to work every day to add value to our customer’s business and every decision we make is rooted in that philosophy.”
One of John Swisher’s key objectives is the continuation of JBS United into generations beyond his own. With this in mind, and in keeping with the continuing evolution of the company, the board of directors of JBS United made these executive appointments.
Additional changes in leadership included the promotion of managing director, Ellen Swisher Crabb to vice chairwoman; Trent Torrance to VP of Animal Nutrition & Health; and Steve Biddle to VP of Grain. Don Orr retired as president of JBS United at the end of May 2015, and will continue on its board of directors until May 2016 as president emeritus.