Tyson Foods Names Johanna Söderström Chief Human Resources Officer

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Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Tuesday named Johanna Söderström as executive vice president and chief human resources officer, effective July 6. 

Söderström will report to CEO Noel White and will lead the company’s “global people strategy” and focus on building company culture, talent and capabilities. She succeeds Mary Oleksiuk, who is retiring after a 35-year career. 

The publicly traded meat processor said Söderström brings more than two decades of human resources experience to the role. She most recently worked as senior vice president and chief human resources officer at The Dow Chemical Co.

She previously worked at companies including Huhtamaki, a global sustainable food packaging company, and Ericsson. She is a member of the board of Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and jet fuel from waste and residues, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

“Johanna has built her career on helping companies drive growth by fostering strong cultures where employees feel heard, valued and inspired,” White said in a news release. “Our team members are the backbone of our company and Johanna’s vision and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to provide them with a positive employee experience in a safe, supportive environment.”

“I’m excited to join Tyson Foods to build on the company’s ongoing success driving excellence across its business,” Söderström said. “I look forward to working with Tyson’s exceptional team to strengthen its stellar culture, while developing talent and engaging team members to help the company reach new heights.”