Tyson Foods management faces changes

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Bill Lovette, senior group vice-president of poultry and prepared foods at Tyson Foods Inc., is leaving the company. His position will not be filled.

"After serving this great company for many years, I believe it’s best for my family and me to chase some dreams we’ve had for a long time," Mr. Lovette said. "I also believe this provides Tyson the opportunity to allow some great management talent to take additional roles and responsibilities."

With Mr. Lovette leaving, three executives who used to report to Lovette now will report directly to president and chief executive officer Richard L. Bond.

Tyson’s beef and pork business also is being restructured. James Lochner will continue in his role managing the beef and pork business as senior group vice-president of Tyson Fresh Meats, but he will leave Arkansas to return to Dakota Dunes, S.D., where Tyson Fresh Meats is located.

Noel White has been named senior vice-president of pork margin management, and Chris Daniel is now senior vice-president of beef margin management. Many of Mr. Daniel’s previous duties as senior vice-president of specialty products are being transferred to Jeff Webster, who is now senior vice-president of Tyson Renewable Products Division.

Read DuPriest, group director of strategy, will take on Mr. Webster’s duties in managing corporate strategy and development.

Additionally, Dan Brooks will now be senior vice-president of beef production operations and Jim Schmitz will now be vice-president of pork production operations.

"These changes are designed to help us make the best use of our talent in addressing the continuing challenges of the beef and pork business," Mr. Bond said. "Tyson Fresh Meats has significantly improved its performance over the past year, especially given the market factors outside our control. However, we believe there is even more progress to be made."

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