Tyson Foods Reorganizes Company Around Key Segments

Tyson Foods Reorganizes Company Around Key Segments
Tom Hayes

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, which earlier this year announced an overhaul of its leadership team, announced Wednesday a new organizational structure around its key segments: beef, pork, chicken and prepared foods.

The restructuring means two executives will leave the company: Andy Callahan, president of North American Foodservice and International; and Monica McGurk, chief growth officer.

"A dynamic market demands we become more agile while focusing on consumers, customers and the businesses that deliver our revenue and profit," CEO Tom Hayes said in a news release. "This simple design creates individual responsibility for the performance of our segments to enable faster, better, decisions."

The new structure puts three executives — Sally Grimes, Doug Ramsey and Noel White — in charge of divisions overseeing prepared foods; poultry; and beef and pork and international, respectively. The group presidents will lead the segments "end-to-end," the company said. Each will report directly to Hayes.

The changes are effective immediately.

Other executives continue to report to Hayes:

  • Scott Rouse – chief customer officer
  • Mary Oleksiuk – chief human resources officer 
  • Scott Spradley – chief technology officer
  • David Van Bebber – general counsel
  • Dennis Leatherby – chief financial officer
  • Justin Whitmore – chief sustainability officer 

Tyson also said that George Chappelle, the company's new chief integration officer, will continue to lead the integration of AdvancePierre Foods. Tyson purchased AdvancePierre earlier this year. Once that job is complete, Chappelle will become chief operations officer for prepared foods and report to Grimes.

Grimes joined Tyson in 2014 under Tyson's merger with Hillshire Brands, where she had been chief innovation officer and president of Hillshire's Gourmet Food Group. She has most recently been Tyson's president of North American retail.

Ramsey joined Tyson Foods in 1992 and has served in both domestic and international roles in multiple business units. In April, he was promoted to president of the meat processor's poultry operations.

White first appeared as a named executive officer at Tyson in 2010. He most recently served as the company's chief operations officer.

Callahan, who is leaving Tyson, joined the company in its merger with Hillshire Brands, where he was president of Hillshire's retail business. At Tyson, he had been managing retail consumer brands, including the legacy Hillshire consumer brands, Tyson's consumer brands and Hillshire's Gourmet Food Group.

McGurk, who is also leaving the company, joined Tyson in April 2016 as president of food service and executive vice president of strategy and new ventures. She previously worked as senior vice president of strategy, decision support and e-commerce for the Coca-Cola Co.'s North American Group.

"On behalf of the board and management I would like to thank Andy and Monica for their hard work and valuable contributions to Tyson Foods, we wish them well," Hayes said in a news release.

Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) is scheduled to report quarterly earnings on Monday.

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