Gaurdie E. Banister Jr.
Lead Independent Director since 2015, Director since 2011
Gaurdie brings extensive leadership and international business experience to Tyson Foods’ board.
From 2007 to 2015, he was the president and chief executive officer of Aera Energy LLC, one of California’s largest oil and gas producers. Aera is jointly owned by major energy companies Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil. In 2015 he retired from Aera Energy LLC. He also serves on the board of Marathon Oil Company, Bristow Group and Russell Reynolds Associates.
Gaurdie began his career with Shell in 1980. He was involved in strategic planning, information technology and acquisitions during his 27 years with the company.
He started at Shell as an offshore facilities engineer and subsequently held a variety of executive level jobs including vice president for the company’s Asia Pacific region.