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John R. Tyson Appointed Chief Sustainability Officer for Tyson Foods


In a September 10th release, Tyson Foods announced the appointment of John R. Tyson as Chief Sustainability Officer with immediate effect. He will report to Noel White, president and CEO of the company. He succeeds Justin Whitmore who will now be responsible for the Alternative Protein business.

In commenting on his appointment, John R. Tyson stated “Taking care of our people on 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”.

During the past few years, Tyson Foods has made strides applying sustainability as noted in their progress report. The company has established relationships with World Resources Institute to develop science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent before 2030. The company has also partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to promote sustainable farming practices on two million acres of corn.

John R. Tyson is the fourth generation family member in the Company and is currently a lecturer at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. Tyson earned a baccalaureate degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has experience in investment banking with JP Morgan in the areas of private equity and venture capital.

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