SPRINGDALE, ARK. – Sally Grimes, group president of Prepared Foods for Tyson Foods Inc., has announced her intent to leave the company, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Grimes will continue in her current role until a successor is appointed.
Ms. Grimes was appointed to her current position in 2017 as part of an executive restructuring plan announced by Thomas Hayes, who was president and chief executive officer at the time. She was chief innovation officer and president of the gourmet foods group at Hillshire Brands Co. when Tyson acquired the company in 2014. She joined the executive leadership team at Tyson by then-president and c.e.o., Donnie Smith, as part of the 2014 acquisition of Hillshire Brands.
After the acquisition, Ms. Grimes worked first as president and chief global growth officer at Tyson, overseeing insights, innovation, R.&D., retail sales, marketing services and international strategy with the goal of growing the company’s consumer and food service brands.
Before her time with Hillshire Brands, Ms. Grimes was global vice-president of the Sharpie brand at Newell Brands. Earlier in her career, she spent 10 years at the Kraft Foods Group.