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Tyson Foods Senior Leadership Team


Donnie Smith

Donnie Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

Donnie’s enthusiasm for Tyson Foods is contagious among the company's more than 110,000 Team Members. Appointed to his role as president and CEO in 2009, his passion is the hallmark of his tenure at the company, which he joined in 1980. Daily he guides Tyson Foods to be a company with a conscience, focused on feeding the world great, affordable food, while also making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Through his career, Donnie has worked to learn every angle of the Tyson Foods business. He joined Tyson, working in poultry operations for seven years in Tennessee before moving to the company’s headquarters in Springdale, Ark., where he started as a commodity buyer. He was named director of commodity purchasing in 1991 and during the next several years added complementary responsibilities to his management portfolio: logistics, purchasing and information systems in 2006; and engineering, food safety and quality assurance, and environmental, health and safety in 2007. He moved into the company's consumer products division in 2008 and was named senior group vice president of poultry and prepared foods in early 2009, the same year he was appointed as president and CEO.

A native of Tennessee, Donnie graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a bachelor’s in animal science.



Andy Callahan

Andy Callahan  

President of Retail Packaged Brands

Andy Callahan manages our retail consumer brands, including Jimmy Dean®, Ball Park®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Tyson® frozen, value-added poultry, and Wright® Brand bacon. Andy also leads Hillshire's Gourmet Food Group and Tyson Pet Products, Inc., which makes True Chews® brand dog treats.

Andy previously served as president, retail, for The Hillshire Brands Company, managing the company's consumer-facing meats and frozen desserts businesses in North America. Prior to this position, he served as senior vice president, chief customer officer for Sara Lee Corporation's North American operations, as well as president of Sara Lee's $1.8 billion North American foodservice segment and vice president of marketing for Sara Lee's breakfast and snacking business unit.

Andy joined Sara Lee in 2008 from Kraft Foods, Inc., where he spent 13 years in various positions in increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, and general management. His roles at Kraft included vice president, customer development, on Kraft's SUPERVALU business, general manager of The Churney Company and leading Kraft's processed cheese portfolio.

Prior to Kraft, Andy spent seven years in the Navy as a Naval Flight Officer.



Hal Carper

Hal Carper  

Executive Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures

Hal Carper is in charge of the company's strategic planning, encompassing business development, mergers, acquisitions integration, and new ventures.

Hal previously served as Tyson Foods' group vice president of R&D, logistics, and technical services. He led a wide array of important business functions including food safety and quality assurance; information systems; animal well-being; purchasing; trucking; distribution; and environmental, health and safety.

Hal joined Tyson Foods in 2001 as senior vice president and general manager of the Prepared Foods group after the company acquired IBP, inc. Hal previously served as the president and CEO of Iceland Seafood Corp., as well as fulfilling leadership roles at Eastern Airlines and Sara Lee Meat Group. He is also a former member of the board of directors for Gelmer, a leading European seafood processor.

Hal currently serves on the board of directors for the Arkansas Research Alliance, a public-private partnership that supports academic research which benefits economic development activity.

Hal is from Atlanta, Georgia, and is a graduate of Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.



Sally Grimes

Sally Grimes  

President of International and Chief Global Growth Officer

Sally Grimes leads Tyson Foods' international business and our insights, innovations, R&D, and global brand strategy teams to maximize global growth of our brands, outside and inside the U.S. She also has shared responsibility with our poultry and fresh meats businesses for exports, as they play a key role in our global brand and growth goals.

Sally was previously chief innovation officer for The Hillshire Brands Company and also served as president of the Hillshire Brands Gourmet Food Group (GFG).

Sally joined The Hillshire Brands Company in 2012 and was responsible for the company's innovation process, including identifying strategies, business opportunities and new technologies, as well as developing new capabilities with partners, new business models, and new industry structures to serve those opportunities.

In addition, Sally oversaw the GFG, where she was responsible for gourmet artisanal brands, including Aidells®, Gallo Salame®, and Golden Island® jerky.

Previously, Sally served as global vice president of marketing at Newell Rubbermaid, Inc., and spent ten years at Kraft Foods, Inc., in a variety of brand management positions, rising from associate brand manager to senior category business director. She began her career in banking.

Sally received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. She was recognized by Fast Company as one of The "100 Most Creative People in business 2012" and by Ad Age as one of the "24 Women to Watch in 2013."



Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes

Chief Commercial Officer

Tom Hayes is responsible for all North American sales for Tyson Foods in addition to the foodservice prepared foods P&L. Prior to his current position, he was president of foodservice. Tom came to Tyson with acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Company, where he held the position of chief supply chain officer responsible for operations including procurement, manufacturing, food safety and quality, engineering and logistics.

Previously, Tom was senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Sara Lee North America, responsible for the company’s North American Retail and Foodservice businesses’ supply chain activities. Prior to this role, Tom was president of Sara Lee Foodservice.

Before joining Sara Lee in 2006, Tom served as group vice president of US Foodservice, Inc., where he oversaw the turnaround needs of broad line distribution facilities in the Northeast.

A 27-year veteran of the consumer products industry, Tom has held general management, sales and marketing roles at ConAgra Foods, The Fort James Corporation, Stella Foods and Kraft Foods.

Tom has served on the board of directors for the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA). Tom earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.



Donnie King

Donnie King

President of North American Operations

Donnie King leads Tyson Foods' North American operations, including poultry, fresh meats, and prepared foods. Donnie is also responsible for our continuous improvement initiatives in all areas of our business. Additionally, Donnie shares responsibility with our international business for export sales of our poultry and fresh meats businesses.

Before taking his current position, Donnie was named Tyson Foods' president of prepared foods, customer and consumer solutions in late 2013. Prior to that time, he served as senior group vice president of poultry and prepared foods, a role he assumed in 2009.

Previously, Donnie served as group vice president of refrigerated and deli, fowl and export sales. He also held a variety of senior management positions, including senior vice president of food service operations, senior vice president of consumer products operations, and group vice president of poultry and prepared foods operations.

Donnie joined Tyson Foods in 1982 and, soon after, became a poultry plant manager, before progressing as a poultry complex manager and director of logistics.

He is a member of the executive committee of the National Chicken Council’s board of directors and a former member of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. Donnie has a bachelor’s in business management from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.



Dennis Leatherby

Dennis Leatherby

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Dennis oversees worldwide finance and accounting functions for Tyson Foods and represents the company on matters involving investors, banks, ratings agencies, auditors and other financial matters. Dennis, who has played an active role in many of Tyson Foods’ acquisitions, was appointed executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer in 2008.

He joined Tyson Foods in 1990 as assistant Treasurer and has since held several other finance-related management positions, including Tyson Foods’ senior vice president of finance and Treasurer, and interim Chief Financial Officer.

Dennis ensures the company’s fiscal responsibilities are in line with its stated commitment to make great food and make a difference in people’s lives. He has helped Tyson Foods become the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, and a leader that takes pride in the safety and quality of its products.

He was named Outstanding Financial Executive of the Year (2009-10) by his alma mater, Kansas State University College of Business Administration. He is currently on the board of the Garrison Financial Institute within the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas; an advisory council member of the Kansas State University, College of Business Administration; and member of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Ark.

Dennis earned bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and finance from Kansas State University.



Sara Lilygren

Sara Lilygren

Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs

Sara leads Tyson Foods' global government relations and public policy, public relations, corporate communications, philanthropy, and social responsibility initiatives. She serves on the company’s senior leadership team, and her department serves as the “face” of the company with respect to its corporate brand and reputation. She and her team also work closely with the company’s investor relations, sustainable food production, and consumer brand marketing practices.

Previously, she launched and led the company’s government relations practice in Washington, DC. Before joining Tyson in 2002, Sara led the government and public affairs practice for the leading national association representing U.S. beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey companies, now called the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). She also handled public relations for an association representing the processed foods industry, now called the Grocery Manufacturers Association. She began her career working on food and philanthropy accounts at a Washington, DC, public affairs agency.

Sara is currently an officer of the North American Meat Institute and serves on numerous business, civic and philanthropic boards, among them the National Chicken Council, Center for Food Integrity, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority and the Walton Arts Center. She earned a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.



Mary Oleksiuk

Mary Oleksiuk

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Mary Oleksiuk leads human resources for Tyson Foods and is responsible for the company's human resources strategy and function, including talent, leadership, culture, total rewards, and performance excellence.

Oleksiuk came to Tyson from The Hillshire Brands Company where she served as the chief human resources officer. Prior to Hillshire Brands, she served as chief human resources officer and senior vice president for Discover Financial Services.

Earlier in her career, she was senior vice president, global human resources for Alberto Culver Company. Before that, Oleksiuk held numerous leadership roles in human resources at companies such as Limited Brands, Inc., Orbitz, and Solucient/Thomson Reuters. She began her career at Honeywell/AlliedSignal.

Oleksiuk received dual bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Biology from Wayne State University. She also completed a Master of Science in Biology at the University of Illinois.



Mike RoetzelMike Roetzel 

Executive Vice President of Operation Services

Mike Roetzel oversees Operation Services, which includes such important functions as food and worker safety, environmental stewardship and compliance, information systems, purchasing, distribution, animal well-being, aviation and corporate services.

He began his career with Tyson Foods in 1986 as the controller for the transportation and warehousing division. Soon after, Mike was named director of sales accounting and has held numerous leadership positions with Tyson Foods, including director of transportation, vice president of commodity purchasing, and finally, senior vice president of purchasing, which is the role he held from 2008 through 2013.

Mike is a Springdale, Ark., native and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas. He was certified as a public accountant a short time later.



David L. Van Bebber

David L. Van Bebber

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

As the company's chief legal officer, David oversees legal matters as well as internal audit, compliance, and the areas of workers compensation and claims.

Since joining Tyson Foods in 1986 as corporate counsel, David has held various officer positions with the company. He was vice president and director of Legal Services, senior vice president of Legal Services and senior vice president and deputy general counsel. David also previously served as general counsel and secretary of the Lane Processing Companies of Arkansas. He participated in the negotiation and sale of Lane to Tyson Foods in 1986.

David is a member of the Arkansas and American Bar Associations, as well as the American Corporate Counsel Association. David also is a board member and vice president of Life Styles Inc. of Fayetteville, Ark., a non-profit organization serving those in the community with physical and mental disabilities.

A native of De Queen, Ark., David earned a bachelor’s from the University of Arkansas and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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