Tyson names new president

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, November 20, 2009

Tyson Foods Inc. (Springdale, USA) announced that the Board of Directors has chosen Donnie Smith, currently senior group vice president of Poultry and Prepared Foods, to be the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Additionally, Jim Lochner, currently senior group vice president of Fresh Meats, has been named the company’s chief operating officer. “Leland Tollett, who has been serving as interim president and CEO since January, will continue to assist Smith and Lochner in the transition. Smith, 50, joined Tyson Foods in 1980 after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Animal Science. After seven years experience in various live poultry production jobs, he moved to the corporate headquarters, to join the Tyson commodities purchasing group. Since then, he has had various leadership roles in the company.