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Tyson Foods Executive Team

 

Donnie Smith

Donnie Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Donnie’s enthusiasm for Tyson Foods is contagious among the company's 124,000 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 degree in animal science.

 

 

Bernie Adcock

Bernie Adcock  

Supply Chain

Bernie Adcock is the chief supply chain officer for Tyson Foods and helps connect the company's key business processes. This means he's involved in planning and coordination for important areas such as sales, operations, supply, capacity, demand and the company's distribution networks. He also oversees foodservice pricing.

Bernie has been a part of Tyson Foods since 1990, when he started working in live poultry operations in Glen Allen, Virginia. He has since served as a poultry complex manager, vice president and senior vice president of operations, senior vice president and general manager of the small bird business unit and senior vice president of business integration. He was senior vice president of poultry and prepared foods shared services before accepting his current position.

Bernie is a graduate of Virginia Tech University with a bachelor's degree in poultry science.

 

 

Andy Callahan

Andy Callahan  

Retail Consumer Brands

Andy Callahan manages all retail consumer brands, including Hillshire consumer brands (such as Jimmy Dean®, Ball Park®, Hillshire Farm®, and Sara Lee®), Tyson's consumer brands (such as Tyson® frozen, value-added poultry and Wright® Brand bacon) and Hillshire's Gourmet Food Group.

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 Corporations'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.

Andy holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a master of business administration degree from Florida Institute of Technology.

 

 

Hal Carper

Hal Carper  

Strategy and New Ventures

Hal Carper is in charge of the company's strategic planning, encompassing business development, mergers, acquisitions integration and new ventures. He is also the business leader over Tyson Pet Products, Inc., which manufactures True Chews® brand dog treats.

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  

Insights, Innovation, R&D, Retail Sales, and Global Brand Strategy

Sally Grimes leads Tyson Foods' Insights, Innovations, R&D, Retail Sales, and Global Brand Strategy teams to maximize global growth of our consumer and foodservice brands.

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

Foodservice Sales and Marketing

Thomas P. Hayes leads the combined legacy Tyson and Hillshire foodservice businesses. Before taking his current position, he was chief supply chain officer for The Hillshire Brands Company, where he was 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's degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and and MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

 

 

Donnie King

Donnie King

Fresh Beef and Pork, Poultry, Non-branded Prepared Foods, and Foodservice

 

Donnie King oversees Tyson Foods' poultry, fresh meats and non-branded prepared foods businesses, as well as the legacy Tyson and Hillshire foodservice 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. he is responsible for all sales and marketing at Tyson Foods, as well as for the company's expanding Prepared Foods group.

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 degree in business management from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

 

Dennis Leatherby

Dennis Leatherby

Finance

 

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-Aprish 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

Corporate Affairs

 

Sara leads Tyson Foods' government, community and public relations, as well as its social media efforts. She also oversees corporate social responsibility, which includes charitable giving, along with hunger and disaster relief. Sara and her team are responsible for internal and external communications at the company.

She served as senior vice president of external relations from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Sara led the company's federal government relations efforts in Washington D.C., for seven years. Tyson Foods is active in many issues at the federal level, including renewable fuels policy, agriculture, food safety, nutrition, immigration reform, labor, the environment, and international trade.

Before joining Tyson Foods, Sara had an 18-year career at the American Meat Institute, serving in a variety of public relations and legislative affairs positions including senior vice president for legislative and public affairs from 1994-2002. Earlier, she did public relations work for the National Food Processors Association (now Grocery Manufacturers Association) and a PR agency in Washington D.C.

Sara is a director of the American Meat Institute, National Chicken Council, and Center for Food Integrity boards. She also serves on the boards of the 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.

 

 

Wes Morris

Wes Morris

Prepared Foods Operations

 

Wes Morris oversees prepared foods operations for Tyson Foods. This includes the production of processed foods, such as bacon, meatballs, pepperoni, soups, and sauces, as well as bakery products, including tortillas, pizza crusts and breadsticks. It also includes the production of well-known branded products such as Ball Park® hot dogs and Hillshire Farm® deli meats and Sara Lee® deli meats. Engineering Services, which manages the construction, innovation and other building needs for Tyson's Prepared Foods and Poultry business, also reports to Wes.

Wes joined Tyson Foods in 1999 and has held a number of officer and senior-officer level positions, most recently serving as group vice president of consumer products, where he led the team responsible for selling branded and private label food products to retailers. Prior to joining Tyson Foods, Wes spent 13 years in the consumer products industry, including sales leadership roles for The Dial Corp. and The Andrew Jergens Co.

Wes is an Arkansas native and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas. He is on the board of directors for the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and serves on the Jones Center Development Council in Springdale, Ark.

 

 

Mary Oleksiuk

Mary Oleksiuk

Human Resources

 

Mary Oleksiuk leads human resources for Tyson Foods and is responsible for the company's human resources strategy and function, including compensation and benefits, talent management and labor relations.

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. At Discover, she was responsible for managing all human resources functions in the organization, including talent management, staffing, compensation, and employee relations, as well as developing effective employee engagement, diversity and performance management strategies.

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 

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.

 

 

Malik SadiqMalik Sadiq 

International

 

Malik is the business leader for all of Tyson Foods' sales and operations in China and India. He was promoted to senior vice president of Asia Pacific in 2014 after spending six years working in the company's operations abroad.


Malik joined Tyson Foods in 2006 after having served as a consultant to the company at Arthur Anderson, where he worked for eight years prior to joining Tyson. He began working with the corporate strategy team and, a year later, was promoted to vice president of manufacturing systems in Tyson Foods' Information Technology division.


The roles that followed have shaped Malik's career to date. He relocated to India, where he spent three years helping launch Tyson Foods' joint venture in India, Godrej Tyson Foods Limited. His time there led him to a three year stint leading Tyson China, overseeing the company's vertically integrated poultry operations and sales practices and instilling practices designed to set Tyson products apart from other brands via quality and food safety standards.


A native of Karachi, Pakistan, Malik came to the U.S. to study at the University of Arkansas, where he received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and his master's and doctorate in industrial engineering.

 

 

Steve Stouffer

Steve Stouffer

Fresh Meats

 

Steve Stouffer was selected to lead Tyson Foods' Fresh Meats business in 2013 after more than 30 years of service with the company at its Dakota Dunes, S.D., headquarters. In his role, Steve oversees all aspects of the company's manufacture and sales of fresh boxed and value-added beef and pork, as well as Tyson Foods' live swine production group.

Combined, the Tyson Foods beef and pork segments process more than half a million head of livestock each week and represented 54 percent of total company sales for fiscal year 2013. Tyson Foods is the largest U.S. beef packer and second-largest producer of pork products.

Steve joined IBP, inc., which later became Tyson Fresh Meats, in 1982 as a beef carcass merchandiser. He has since held a number of management and officer positions in beef and pork sales, most recently serving as the senior vice president of beef margin management, where he led the company's beef division.

Steve is a native of Kaneville, Ill., and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in animal science.

 

 

Russell J. Tooley

Business Processes and Continuous Improvement


Russell Tooley was selected to lead Business Processes and Continuous Improvements for Tyson Foods in 2013. Russell has been part of Tyson Foods' corporate and international leadership team since joining the company in 1987 and played a key role in the recruitment and development of the company's global teams. Previously, he served as an operations manager in the food industry.

 

Russell serves on the boards of the Jones Trust in Northwest Arkansas, the area chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, and the Northwest Arkansas chapters of The American Heart Association and Wings for Our Troops. He is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management. 

 

 An Arkansas native, Russell holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture business and economics from Arkansas State University.

                                     

    
David L. Van Bebber

David L. Van Bebber

Legal

 

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 degree from the University of Arkansas and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

 

Noel White

Noel White

Poultry

 

Noel was selected to lead Tyson Foods' Poultry business in 2013, building upon a 30-year career in leadership roles with the company. Noel oversees 60 production facilities that yield roughly 36 percent of the company's total sales.  

Noel joined IBP, inc. in 1983, prior to its 2001 acquisition by Tyson Foods. He previously served in numerous sales, management, and company officer positions including senior vice president for fresh meat sales and marketing and senior vice president, pork product management. Most recently, he was the senior group vice president of fresh meats, a position he held from 2009 until 2013.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Noel is a graduate of Bemidji State University, in Bemidji, Minn. He received a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in economics from Oklahoma City University. 

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