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Tyson Foods Names Vice President, Commodity Purchasing

Springdale, Ark. – December 23, 2014 – Rex Holstein has been promoted to vice president, commodity purchasing, replacing Clark Irwin who will retire in mid-January.
Holstein began his career with Tyson in 1994 and has worked in a variety of roles including Human Resources, Warehousing and Accounting. In his new role he will be responsible for leading the Commodity Purchasing team in the procurement and risk management of various inputs, including feed ingredients, energy and cooking oil.
“I’m pleased to make this announcement about Rex,” said Noel White, president of Poultry for Tyson Foods. “I know he’ll do a great job guiding the team in their efforts to continuously improve our purchasing of commodities and increasing efficiencies.” 

Holstein is on the advisory board of the Soy & Grain Trade Summit, the advisory board of the northwest Arkansas area chapter of Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime and has served as chairman of the board for the Arkansas Industrial Traffic Association. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he earned a bachelor’s in finance management in 2000 and a bachelor’s in accounting in 2002. 
Irwin’s announcement follows more than 36 years of service with Tyson Foods. He began his career with the company in 1978 and has served in various executive capacities in Sales, Operations, Warehousing, Distribution and Commodity Purchasing. He also managed the company’s Mexican Original business for several years. 
“Clark’s leadership has been key to the growth and success of the Mexican Original business,” White said. “We’re extremely grateful for his commitment and invaluable contributions to our company. We wish him all the best.”
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest producers of chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods that include leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee® frozen bakery, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. Tyson Foods provides a wide variety of protein-based and prepared foods products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, supplying customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 124,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.


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