September 1, 2010
Assembly Speaker, Donnie Smith
Donnie Smith has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Tyson Foods Inc. since November 2009. Mr. Smith served as Senior Group Vice President of Poultry & Prepared Foods at Tyson Foods Inc. from January 2009 to November 2009. Mr. Smith has nearly 30 years of experience in the food industry and has been part of the Tyson team since 1980 in a wide variety of key roles. He started his career in poultry operations and became a senior leader in the purchasing and supply … chain departments. He served as Group Vice President – Consumer Products of Tyson Foods Inc. from January 2008 to January 2009. He served as Group Vice President – Logistics and Operations Services of Tyson Foods Inc. He served as Chief Information Officer, Group Vice President – Information systems purchasing and distribution and Senior Vice President of Tyson Foods Inc. since May 23, 2006. He served as Senior Vice President – Project Won of Tyson Foods Inc. until May 23, 2006. Mr. Smith served as an Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Management in 1999 after serving as Vice President of Purchasing since 1995 and Director of Commodity Purchasing since 1992. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Animal Science.