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Daud Yohanna

Kill Floor Superintendent, Souderton, PA

Daud Yohanna was born in Sudan. As a child, his only concerns were eating and playing, but that was before the Civil War (1987-2005). During the war, the local boys were separated from their parents, including Daud (10 years old) and his older brother (12 years old). They joined a group of boys, known as “The Lost Boys of Sudan,” who walked from Sudan to Ethiopia for 30 days to escape.

Daud lived in a refugee camp in Ethiopia for four years before moving to the U.S. as a teenager. He began attending high school as soon as possible and lived in a church until he turned 21. Not able to speak any English, Daud learned to speak the language after three months of classes.

Daud joined our Souderton facility in 2011 as hourly production team member.

“During my lunch breaks, I took 15 minutes to learn new jobs and move to other areas,” he said. “I told my supervisor that I wanted to become a lead.” He joined the Management Training Program and started to work in the deboning department.

“JBS is the right company if you really want to promote yourself. Do what you got to do, and do it right,” he said.

Through the Management Trainee Program, he worked at another Regional Beef facility in Plainwell, Mich., before taking a position of superintendent in Souderton, where he met his wife and fellow JBS team member. They are married and have two kids, a girl and a boy.

“I’m happy now. I took a job I was excited about it. I have fun in my new job, and I have fun with my babies,” he said. “I want to be a superintendent, and I’ll make it happen. I want to be the best leader out there for my people, for the business, and my family.”