WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Frank Jimenez has been named general counsel, secretary and managing director, government affairs, at Bunge Ltd. He succeeds Carl Hausmann, who will retire on June 30.
Mr. Jimenez currently is senior vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Xylem Inc., a global water technology group that was spun off from ITT Corp. He will join Bunge on July 5 and will report directly to Alberto Weisser, chairman and chief executive officer, Bunge Ltd.
“Frank’s background as a general counsel, manager and litigator in both the private and public sectors makes him an excellent addition to Bunge’s senior management team,” Mr. Weisser said. “We look forward to benefiting from his experience and broad perspective as we grow our company and navigate an increasingly complex public policy landscape.”
Prior to ITT Corp., Mr. Jimenez was general counsel of the U.S. Department of the Navy in the Bush and Obama administrations. He has held a variety of other positions in government, including deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as deputy Chief of Staff and acting general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush of Florida. Mr. Jimenez previously practiced law as a partner at Steel Hector and Davis L.L.P. in Miami.
He received a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Miami, a master’s of business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate from Yale Law School.
Mr. Hausmann has been managing director, global government and corporate affairs since January 2010. Previously, he was c.e.o. of Bunge North America and c.e.o. of Bunge Europe. He joined Bunge in October 2002 after the acquisition of Cereol, which he had led as c.e.o. He began his career in the agribusiness and food industry at Continental Grain, and he has held leadership roles in North America, South America, Africa and Europe.
“Carl has been instrumental to Bunge’s growth over the past decade,” Mr. Weisser said. “His leadership was vital to the integration of Cereol, to the success of our European and North American businesses, and most recently, to the development of a robust government and corporate affairs function. We thank him for his service.”