Donnie King, a Tyson Foods veteran, was named Thursday (Sept. 3) as president of the meat giant’s poultry business, effective immediately. He has spent 35 years in the poultry business managing operations domestically and abroad.
Chad Martin will assume the role of chief operating officer of poultry.
“Donnie is a recognized leader who will work with the team to accelerate our strategic growth plans for the chicken segment,” said Dean Banks, president and incoming CEO of Tyson Foods. “We are confident that his knowledge and experience will help us continue strengthening our chicken operations.”
King first joined Tyson Foods in 1982 and worked his way up in the company to become president of North American operations for the fresh meat, poultry and prepared foods businesses as well as group president of Tyson’s international business. He most recently served as group president and chief administration officer, leading areas such as food safety and quality assurance, health and safety, continuous improvement, engineering, and supply chain.
“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.
Martin has been with Tyson Foods since 1998. He has led the company’s poultry and beef businesses and has also served in various leadership roles in food safety and quality assurance.
The management moves come ahead of the White’s scheduled retirement as CEO in February to start the company new fiscal year. White will serve as vice chairman of Tyson Foods board of directors.