Tyson Foods Names Donnie Smith Its New President, CEO; Jim Lochner Made COO

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 8:04 am  

Tyson Foods names Donnie Smith, its senior group vice president of poultry and prepared foods, as its next president and CEO.

"I am honored that I will now serve these team members as the leader of our company, and I am certain that 2010 and the years to come are going to be great for our shareholders, our customers, and other stakeholders," Smith said in a news release.

"Yes, we, like everyone else, have seen some struggles in these economic times, but I am certain that through the leadership of our team, the efforts of all our team members with our customers, and the focus on operational excellence, we will succeed." 

Lochner, 57, joined IBP Inc. in 1983. The company was purchased by Tyson in 2001.

Before IBP, he was a quality control food technologist at Oscar Mayer Foods and a laboratory technician at the University of Wisconsin.

In his first 14 years at IBP, Lochner held several different officer positions in various quality control and technical services areas, Tyson said. He became executive vice president of IBP in 1997. In 2000, he was promoted to president and CEO of IBP. After Tyson acquired IBP, he was named group vice president of Tyson Fresh Meats. He was then named Tyson Foods' senior group vice president of Margin Optimization in 2005 before becoming senior group vice president of Fresh Meats in 2007.

Tyson's news release is available here.



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