Tyson Foods Names King President

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Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale named company veteran Donnie King the president of its poultry division, effective Thursday.

King joined Tyson Foods in 1982 and has served in a host of executive positions including president of prepared foods, senior vice president of poultry and prepared foods and president of North America operations. He left the company in 2017 when then-CEO Tom Hayes restructured Tyson’s leadership, but returned in 2019 after Hayes resigned.

“Donnie is a recognized leader who will work with the team to accelerate our strategic growth plans for the chicken segment,” said Dean Banks, who will become Tyson Foods’ CEO on Oct. 3. “We are confident that his knowledge and experience will help us continue strengthening our chicken operations.”

King’s return to leading the poultry division will include mentoring its leadership team, which Tyson Foods said will include Chad Martin, who was named the division’s chief operating officer. Martin had been group president of poultry since 2019; he joined the company in 1998.

“I’m pleased to once again lead our poultry business and eager to work with Chad and the team as we explore additional ways to ensure we’re operating safely and efficiently, while meeting the dynamic needs of our customers,” King said.