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Tom Hayes

Tyson Foods Promotes Tom Hayes to President

Tyson Foods Inc. promoted Tom Hayes to president of the company, according to a news release sent June 13. Donnie Smith, formerly the president and chief executive officer, will continue as the CEO. Hayes, who will be based in Springdale, was previously the company’s chief commercial officer, responsible for all North American sales. He joined Tyson Foods as a result of its acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Co. in 2014. His first job title with Tyson Foods following the merger was president of food service. In his new role, Hayes will lead the company’s transition “reflecting the company’s strategic focus on its hybrid model of branded prepared foods and fresh meats.” In a statement, Smith said, “Tom Hayes is an exceptional leader who’s played a key... [ MORE ]

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