Tyson Foods Hires Executive Away From Smithfield

Tyson Foods has announced the hiring of Brady Stewart as its new group president of fresh meats.  Stewart will begin his new role in January and report directly to Tyson President and CEO Donnie King.  In a statement, King calls Stewart, “a well-respected, proven industry leader who will help position us for continued success.”  Stewart succeeds Shane Miller, who is retiring after 30 years of service to Tyson.

Stewart will make his way to Tyson’s headquarters in Northwest Arkansas directly from one of the company’s competitors, Smithfield Foods.  Stewart became Smithfield’s chief operating officer last year, after serving as the executive vice president for U.S. hog production.  Prior to arriving at Smithfield, Stewart was chief operating officer at the Kansas City Sausage Company.  In a statement, Smithfield thanked Brady for his six years of service with the company, and announced that the company’s operations team will report to President and CEO Shane Smith while an evaluation of longer-term organizational changes takes place.