Tyson Foods Names New Sustainability Leader

September 12, 2019

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Tyson Foods Names New Sustainability Leader

American firm Tyson Foods named John R. Tyson as its new Chief Sustainability Officer to lead the firm’s sustainability strategy and the company’s sustainability, animal welfare, environmental, and social responsibility teams. He will report to the company’s chief executive officer and president, Noel White, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

“I am excited to play a role in leading our company’s sustainability efforts,” Tyson said in a statement. “Taking care of our people and our planet is a priority for Tyson Foods. We are uniquely positioned to lead within the global food system, and therefore we must continue challenging ourselves to be stewards of our natural resources while striving to feed the world safely, affordably, and with delicious food.”

Tyson is a fourth generation member of the Tyson family. He currently is a lecturer at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining Tyson, he worked for investment banking firm J.P. Morgan and as a venture capital investor.

“John has a passion for sustainability as well as the leadership skills to help continue the momentum we’ve built,” White said in the release. “He cares deeply about the people of this company, understands the strategic growth opportunities available in sustainable protein, and recognizes the importance of our enterprise-wide sustainability commitments.”

Among the company’s on-going sustainability efforts, Tyson Foods is currently working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030 and increase sustainable farming practices on over 2 million acres of corn by 2020. 

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