USA, Springdale. Tyson Foods announced the appointment of John R. Tyson as Chief Sustainability Officer. He will report to Noel White, President and CEO of Tyson Foods. Justin Whitmore, who has been serving as Tyson Foods’ Chief Sustainability Officer since 2017, will now turn his full attention to leading Tyson Foods’ growing alternative protein business.
Tyson will lead the companiwes efforts to support a more sustainable food system. This includes driving improvement by implementing the company’s sustainability strategy and commitments as well as managing the sustainability, animal welfare, environmental and social responsibility teams.
The company has made some bold sustainability commitments in recent years, as reflected in its sustainability progress report. The company worked with the World Resources Institute to set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030 and has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund on increasing sustainable farming practices on more than 2 mill. acres of corn by 2020. In addition, the company employs the largest team of animal welfare specialists in the industry and launched Upward Academy, an educational program that provides on-site life skill training classes for frontline workers.
John R. Tyson is a fourth generation Tyson family member who recently joined Tyson Foods and, over the past five years, has been an observer at the company’s board of directors’ meetings. He is also currently a lecturer at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. Tyson has a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He previously worked in investment banking for J.P. Morgan and as a private equity and venture capital investor.