Board of Directors
John Tyson, 59, is Chairman of the Board and has served in this capacity since 1998. Beginning in September 2007, Mr. Tyson, while continuing to serve as Chairman, discontinued serving the Company in an executive officer capacity and now provides advisory services to the Company. Mr. Tyson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 until 2006 and has been a member of the Board since 1984. Mr. Tyson has devoted his professional career to the Company and brings extensive understanding of the Company, its operations and the protein and food processing industries to the Board. Through his leadership experience gained as a recent Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr. Tyson provides the Board with critical insight into the Company’s business. In addition, Mr. Tyson, through his association with the TLP, has a substantial personal interest in the Company. The Board believes that Mr. Tyson’s leadership experience and knowledge of the Company acquired through his years of service to the Company and his personal stake in its success qualify him to serve on the Board.
|Barbara A. Tyson|
Barbara A. Tyson, 64, served as Vice President of the Company until 2002, when she retired and became a consultant to the Company. Ms. Tyson has been a member of the Board since 1988. Through her years of experience as both an officer and director of the Company, Ms. Tyson developed an understanding of the Company and its operations, which allows her to assist the Board in its development of the Company’s long-term strategy. Ms. Tyson, as the sole income beneficiary of the Randal W. Tyson Testamentary Trust, also has a substantial personal interest in the Company. The Board believes that Ms. Tyson’s management experience, understanding of the Company and personal interest in the Company’s success qualify her to serve on the Board.
Jim Kever, 60, is the founding partner of Voyent Partners, LLC, an investment partnership founded in 2001. Mr. Kever is also a director of 3D Systems Corporation and Luminex Corporation and served as a director of ACI Worldwide, Inc. and Emdeon Corporation. Mr. Kever has been a member of the Board since 1999. Mr. Kever has extensive knowledge of capital markets and corporate finance and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of the regulations of the SEC. His experience as the director of various companies across a diverse range of industries provides him a unique perspective of, and the ability to understand and address, the challenges and issues facing the Company. The Board believes that his professional experience, financial expertise and service on the boards of other public companies qualify him to serve on the Board.
|Albert C. Zapanta|
Albert C. Zapanta, 72, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and has served in that capacity since 1993. Mr. Zapanta has been a member of the Board since 2004. After a distinguished military career, Mr. Zapanta entered the private sector, where he served as a senior corporate officer for 18 years. He also has an extensive public service career, which includes various presidential 11 appointments. The Board believes that Mr. Zapanta’s broad management and leadership experiences, in both the private and public sectors, allow him to understand the Company’s challenges in a global marketplace and qualify him to serve on the Board.
Kevin M. McNamara, 57, is Chairman of Agilum Healthcare Intelligence. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Leon Medical Centers, a healthcare provider for Medicare patients and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of HealthSpring, Inc. Mr. McNamara is a director of Luminex Corporation, and has served as a director of COMSYS IT Partners, Inc. (f/k/a Personnel Group of America, Inc.). Mr. McNamara has been a member of the Board since 2007. Mr. McNamara’s financial expertise and professional experience are critical to the Board and the Audit Committee. His experience overseeing financial reporting processes, internal accounting and financial controls, as well as managing independent auditor engagements, qualifies him as an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of the regulations of the SEC. The Board believes that Mr. McNamara’s financial expertise and management experience as both a principal financial officer and director of other public companies qualifies him to serve on the Board.
|Brad T. Sauer|
Brad T. Sauer, 54, is Executive Vice President, Health Care Business for 3M Company and has served in that capacity since 2004. Mr. Sauer has been a member of the Board since 2008. Mr. Sauer’s career and management expertise spans many disciplines, including sales and marketing, technology and product innovation, and manufacturing quality and processes, which allows him to bring an extensive, multi-disciplined perspective to the Board. In addition, Mr. Sauer’s experience as an executive officer of a Fortune 500 company helps him understand the Company’s challenges in a global marketplace. The Board believes that Mr. Sauer’s diverse management experience qualifies him to serve on the Board.
|Robert C. Thurber|
Robert Thurber, 66, currently retired, served as Vice President of purchasing for Sysco Corporation from 1987 to 2007. Mr. Thurber is also a director of Capstone Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Thurber has been a member of the Board since February 17, 2009. Mr. Thurber’s management career at a leading marketer and distributor of food products to the foodservice industry qualifies him to serve on the Board. This experience is particularly relevant given the Company’s position as a leading supplier of high quality protein to the foodservice industry. The Board benefits greatly from Mr. Thurber’s extensive understanding of the foodservice industry, which provides him the insight necessary to address the challenges, opportunities and operations of the Company’s complex business operations. The Board believes these attributes qualify him to serve on the Board.
|Kathleen M. Bader|
Kathleen M. Bader, 62, is the former president and CEO of NatureWorks LLC, which makes fibers and packaging materials from renewable sources. Ms. Bader also spent more than 30 years with Dow Chemical, holding various management positions in the company’s global and North American operations, including global business president of a $4.2 billion plastics portfolio. She has been on the board of Textron Inc. since 2004 and was previously a director for Halliburton Company. She also served on the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and currently serves on the board for Habitat for Humanity International. She became a member of the Tyson Foods Board of Directors in August 2011. The Board believes Ms. Bader’s extensive leadership experience, including her exposure to commodities and international business, qualifies her to serve on the Board.
|Gaurdie E. Banister Jr.|
Gaurdie E. Banister Jr., 55, is the president and CEO of Aera Energy LLC, a $4 billion oil and gas producer that is jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil. Mr. Banister began his career with Shell in 1980, and during his 27 years with the company, was involved in such areas as strategic planning, information technology and acquisitions. He started as an offshore facilities engineer and subsequently held a variety of executive level jobs including Technical Vice President for Shell International’s Asia Pacific region. In 2007, he was named to his current position with Aera Energy, which is one of California’s largest oil and gas producers. He became a member of the Tyson Foods Board of Directors in November 2011. The Board believes Mr. Banister's extensive leadership experience and his involvement in international business qualifies him to serve on the board.
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