Tyson Foods has named Noel White as its new CEO and president following the resignation of Tom Hayes, who is stepping down from his position for personal reasons, according to a statement from the company.
White previously served as the group president the company’s Beef, Pork and International division and as a member of Tyson Foods’ enterprise leadership team, and he will assume his new position on 30 September 2018.
White has over 30 years of experience in the food industry and has held several management positions at Tyson, most notably as the company’s chief operating officer, and also as the head of the company’s poultry business from 2013 to 2017.
A statement from the company claimed that White had helped “deliver top and bottom line growth for the company’s beef and pork segments as well as the international business” while in his previous role.
Prior to joining Tyson, White held several positions at meat processing company IBP over two decades, before the company was acquired by Tyson in 2001.
John Tyson, chairman of Tyson’s board of directors, said: “Noel is a proven leader who has played an integral role in our enterprise leadership team for many years.
“He has run our beef, pork, and poultry businesses and is now helping Tyson Foods capitalize on international opportunities.
“His deep institutional knowledge and a stellar track record over his more than 30-year career at Tyson Foods and a predecessor company give the board the utmost confidence in his ability to drive the business forward, accelerate global growth and create long-term value for shareholders.
“Tom has accelerated the strategic transformation of Tyson Foods’ product portfolio and played an important role in the company’s continuing development.
“The board and I thank him for his many contributions to the success of Tyson Foods and wish him well.”
White added: “I am honoured to serve as Tyson Foods’ next CEO, and I am excited by the many opportunities that lie ahead. It has been a privilege to contribute to this company’s evolution over the course of many years and to be a part of its becoming one of the world’s largest food companies.
“I look forward to accelerating the current trajectory of growth as a global modern food company through our operational excellence, innovative thinking and focus to sustainably feed the world.
“With the company’s strong portfolio of fast-growing brands, diverse capabilities, exceptional enterprise leadership team and dedicated team members, we are well-positioned for continued success.”
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