March 5, 2012 / 12:40 PM / 7 years ago

Brazil ex-central bank chief takes charge of JBS

* Meirelles was longest-serving Brazil central bank chief

* Ex-central banker also heads Rio Olympics oversight group

March 5 (Reuters) - Henrique Meirelles, former president of Brazil’s central bank, took over as chairman of the board of J&F Participacoes, a holding company that controls JBS , the world’s largest meat packer, the Globo daily newspaper reported on Monday.

J&F, which generates annual revenue of more than 55 billion reais ($31.8 billion), also controls Eldorado, a cellulose producer; J&F Oklahoma, the world’s largest beef feedlot company; Flora, a manufacturer of cleaning products; Floresta Agropecuaria, an agricultural products company; and Vigor, a dairy products producer, Globo said.

Meirelles left Brazil’s central bank on Jan. 1, 2011. He had spent eight years in its top spot, making him the longest-serving central bank president in Brazil’s history.

Meirelles is also head of the Conselho Publico Olimpico, a Brazilian agency that oversees work on the Olympic Games scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Globo reported.

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