President and Director
Dean Banks has been president of Tyson Foods since December 2019 and has served on the board of directors since 2017. He leads the company’s Poultry, Fresh Meats and Prepared Foods business segments, as well as Alternative Proteins, International and Sales.
Dean has a unique background in innovation and technology, which includes building and investing in early-stage advanced technology companies. Prior to joining Tyson Foods, Dean was a Project Lead and on the Leadership Team at X (formerly Google [x]), an Alphabet Inc. company, where he remains an advisor. Before this, he was Managing Partner of SEED Ventures, a group investing in and developing early stage healthcare technologies.
Dean has also served in leadership and consulting roles with IntraCelluar Technologies, now Vergent Bioscience; Cleveland Clinic Innovations and the Ohio Orthopedic Commercialization Center; OrthoHelix (acquired by Tornier, Inc.); Connective Orthopaedics; Highland Capital Partners, Cytyc Corporation (acquired by Hologic), and Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson company.
A former platoon sergeant and squad leader in the U.S. Marine Corps, Dean has a BA in Marketing and Public Relations from Miami University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Dean is a member of the Arkansas Innovation Council.