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Marfrig Splits Beef Division

05 July 2013

BRAZIL - Marfrig Alimentos S.A. is to split its Beef Segment into two operational units - Brazil and Southern Cone.

From 1 September, the Business Division will see Andrew Murchie retain his position as CEO of Marfrig Beef Brazil, while Martín Secco takes over as CEO of Marfrig Beef Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil, and Pampeano).

The two will now report directly to Sérgio Rial, who will take over as CEO of the Marfrig group by 1 January next year, with Marcos Molina taking over as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Andrew Murchie, CEO of Marfrig Beef Brazil since February 2012, has 20 years of experience in the beef industry, having worked at Anglo Alimentos S.A., BF Alimentos and Friboi Group. He started working at Marfrig Group in 2003, and had been formerly the Commercial Director for the Marfrig Beef in Brazil.

Martín Secco, CEO of Marfrig Beef Southern Cone, has been in the company since Marfrig took operations in Uruguay through the acquisition of Frigorifico Tacuarembó which previously belonged to his family. He has 25 years of experience in the beef industry and since 2007 he is responsible for the operations of Marfrig Group in Uruguay and Chile.

The financial information disclosure format will keep the current integrated Marfrig Beef pattern.

After nine years with the Marfrig Group, James Cruden, CEO of the Marfrig Beef Division for South America, is to retire, bringing to a close a career that spans 47 years, with 39 of these dedicated to Brazil.

During his time at the Company, he has played a fundamental role in the growth of the beef, lamb and leather businesses

He will remain CEO of Marfrig Beef until 31 August.

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