A long-time senior executive of Tyson Foods, Inc. (Springdale, Arkansas) is leaving the company, Tyson officials reported yesterday. In addition, Tyson is implementing immediate changes in the senior management of its poultry and fresh meats operations.
Bill Lovette, Senior Group Vice President of Poultry and Prepared Foods, has decided to leave the company and his position will not be filled. This means three executives who have been reporting to Lovette will now report directly to President and CEO Richard L. Bond. They include Donnie King, Group Vice President of Poultry and Prepared Foods Operations; Bernard Leonard, Group Vice President of Food Service; and Scott McNair, Group Vice President of Consumer Products.
The leadership of Tyson’s beef and pork business is also being restructured. James Lochner will continue managing Tyson’s beef and pork business as Senior Group Vice President of Tyson Fresh Meats but will leave Tyson headquarters in Springdale to return to Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, where Tyson Fresh Meats is based. Lochner will also continue to oversee Tyson’s Commodity Trading and Risk Management Group.
Noel White, a long-time member of the Tyson Fresh Meats leadership team, has been named Senior Vice President of Pork Margin Management. This will enable him to focus solely on the more effective management of the company’s pork business. He will continue to report to Lochner.
Chris Daniel, previously Senior Vice President of Specialty Products, is now Senior Vice President of Beef Margin Management and will oversee the buying and selling side of the company’s beef business. Many of Daniel’s management duties in Specialty Products are being shifted to Jeff Webster, who will now be Senior Vice President of the newly created Tyson Renewable Products Division. Read DuPriest, Group Director of Strategy, will assume Webster’s responsibilities in managing corporate strategy and development and will report to Chief Financial Officer Wade Miquelon.
Dan Brooks, an operations executive with Tyson Fresh Meats, will now be Senior Vice President of Beef Production Operations. Meanwhile, Jim Schmitz, another Tyson Fresh Meats executive, is now Vice President of Pork Production Operations and will oversee the company’s six pork plants.