Springdale, Ark. – December 3, 2015 – Garrett Olson has recently been promoted to vice president of finance for Tyson Foods’ retail packaged brands group, company officials announced today.
Olson began his career with Sara Lee Corporation in 1997, which was renamed The Hillshire Brands Company in 2012. Olson remained with Hillshire Brands until 2014, when Tyson Foods acquired it. Olson has worked in various roles including corporate development, financial planning and analysis, international finance and finance for several brands, including Jimmy Dean®, Sara Lee®, Van’s® and Golden Island®. In his new role he will be responsible for supporting Tyson Foods’ retail leadership team and providing key financial insights to drive the group’s strategic decisions.
“We’re pleased to announce the promotion of Garrett to this role,” said Marty Bryan, vice president, retail brands and growth. “He brings significant financial expertise and brand insights to this team which will drive strategic growth of our key retail brands including Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm and Ball Park.”
Olson attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City where he earned a bachelor’s in finance in 1996. He also attended Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he earned a master’s in business administration in 2002.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It's a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson Foods 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. The company currently has approximately 113,000 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.
Contact: Derek Burleson 479-290-6466, Derek.Burleson@tyson.com