Tyson Foods names new chief human resources officer

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Johanna Söderström has been named Tyson Foods’ chief human resources officer effective July 6. She is replacing Mary Oleksiuk who is retiring after 35 years in the business, the company announced Tuesday (June 23).

Söderström, who will report to CEO Noel White and join the Enterprise Leadership Team, has more than two decades of experience in global human resource work, employee engagement and talent development.

“I’m excited to join Tyson Foods to build on the company’s ongoing success driving excellence across its business,” Söderström said in a statement. “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.”

She most recently served as senior vice president, chief human resources officer at The Dow Chemical Co. She oversaw the company’s cultural and organizational transformation through the DowDuPont merger and spin-off. She previously led global compensation and benefits at Huhtamaki, a global sustainable food packaging company. Söderström began her career in Finland at Ericsson and has also held HR roles in Germany and Switzerland.

Johanna Söderström

“Johanna has built her career on helping companies drive growth by fostering strong cultures where employees feel heard, valued and inspired,” White said. “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.”

White said Tyson Foods is grateful for the leadership of Oleksiuk, who joined Tyson in 2014 with the acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

“We wish her the very best as she embarks on her well-earned retirement,” he said.