Noelle O'Mara to Lead Tyson's $9B Prepared Foods Business

Noelle O'Mara to Lead Tyson's $9B Prepared Foods Business
Noelle O'Mara (Tyson Foods Inc.)

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Monday named its chief marketing officer, Noelle O'Mara, to lead its prepared foods business.

O'Mara replaces Sally Grimes, who announced in February that she would leave the company. O'Mara will continue to report to CEO Noel White and remain on the enterprise leadership team.

In a news release, the publicly traded meat processor said Grimes will assist with the transition, and that O’Mara will continue her chief marketing officer duties on an interim basis.

"Noelle is the right choice to lead the continued growth of our prepared foods business," White said. "She has the leadership, knowledge and experience we need to help us deliver the next generation of innovation and service to our customers and consumers."

In her new role, O'Mara will manage all aspects of Tyson Foods' $9 billion prepared foods business, which includes brands like Tyson, Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farm. The job includes oversight of one-third of Tyson Foods' manufacturing facilities and more than 25,000 employees, the company said.

O'Mara has more than 17 years of general management experience. Before joining Tyson Foods in April 2016, she held senior level general manager positions with Kraft Heinz. At Tyson, she has been vice president of new business models, general manager and senior vice president of the Tyson and Jimmy Dean businesses, and chief marketing officer.