* Jorge Born Jr. resigns for "personal reasons"
* Ancestors founded Bunge y Born in Argentina
* Bunge CEO is separately set to step down
By Tom Polansek
CHICAGO, March 15 A descendant of the family
that founded Bunge Ltd. in the 19th Century has quit the
agribusiness company's board of directors, where he has served
since the company went public in 2001.
Jorge Born Jr., 50, told Bunge's 11-member board on March 8
that he was quitting effective immediately for "personal
reasons," the company said in a regulatory filing.
Born Jr., whose term was set to expire this year, could not
be reached for comment. A Bunge spokeswoman declined to
His resignation is significant considering his family's long
history with the company, said Philippe de Laperouse, a former
director of business development for Bunge North America.
Johann Peter Bunge founded Bunge & Co. in Amsterdam in 1818,
and his grandson in Argentina later turned the commodities
trader into Bunge y Born with ancestors of Born Jr, according to
a company history.
Bunge y Born later became Bunge Ltd.
Born Jr. worked for Bunge's commodities trading, oilseed
processing and food products operations in South America, the
United States and Europe, and was head of European operations
from 1992 to 1997, according to the company.
He was named deputy chairman of the board when the company
went public in 2001.
"With his departure there will be no Borns in management or
on the board," a Bunge spokeswoman said.
Born Jr. is chief executive of Bomagra S.A., a privately
held company involved in farming, real estate and technology in
Argentina, according to Bunge's website.
Several other of the directors who served when Bunge went
public still hold their seats on the board. However, Alberto
Weisser, who has been chairman and CEO since 1999, is set to
retire June 1.
Soren Schroder, who joined the company in 2000 and is head
of Bunge North America, will succeed Weisser as CEO.