New ABPA president unveiled

By Aidan Fortune

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New ABPA president unveiled

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The Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) has unveiled Ricardo Santin as its new president.

Santin, who takes over the role from April 2020, won the selection process that included 25 candidates from across the country’s food industry.

“Santin has accumulated great experience as a political and institutional articulator of the productive sector, either internally or in countless international missions. It has the necessary technical and management capacity to act as the guiding thread of the national production chain,”​ said chairman of the board of directors Leomar Somensi.

ABPA's current president and former Agriculture Minister Francisco Turra will step down from the role in April 2020, after 12 years at the helm of the association and will lead the advisory board.

“Because I know his competence and technical skills so deeply, I have great confidence in the excellent performance of Santin management in this new phase of ABPA,”​ said Turra.

Trained as a lawyer and holding a master in Political Science, Santin has an extensive career focused on national agribusiness. He was chairman of the council of CEAGESP, and served at the National Bank for Regional Development (BRDE), the National Supply Company (Conab) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), together with Turra.

He joined the poultry industry in 2007 as a special advisor to the Brazilian Association of Chicken Meat Exporters (ABEF). He was one of the creators of UBABEF (uniting poultry exporters and producers) and ABPA, with the unification of the country's poultry and poultry farming into a single entity.

In addition to positions at ABPA, Santin is also chairman of the Eggs Brazil Institute Board and Vice President of the World Poultry Council (IPC).

Santin is also a member of the BRICS Business Council (CEBRICS), the Brazilian Business Coalition (CEB), the Brazil-United States Business Council (CEBEU), the Brazilian Section of the Brazil-Japan Business Council, the Brazil-Mexico Business Council and the CNI International Integration Council.

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