Poultry, beef and pork processing giantTyson Foods Inc ., Springdale, Ark., said the company entrepreneurial former Chairman and CEODonald J. Tyson, died today, Thursday, January 6, 2011, from complications of cancer. He was 80.
"The current leadership of our company -- from [President & CEO] Donnie Smith and Jim
Lochner on down -- has the total support of me and the other Tyson board
members as well as all those associated with the Tyson Limited
Partnership," said son and Chairman John Tyson. "Our
company just had a very successful year, and with the outstanding board
of directors and very strong leadership team we now have in place, we
expect the future to be bright for all our team members, shareholders
and other stakeholders. That is what my father worked for his whole life
and it's what those of us still involved with the company intend to
Tyson added, "My sisters, my children, Barbara Tyson and I are truly saddened by the
loss of our father, as are many, many friends, business associates and
Tyson team members. He was a true visionary who led
Tyson Foods from a small regional chicken company to a multi-billion
dollar food processing enterprise.
"He will be missed by everyone who
knew him. An era has passed, but Tyson Foods and the Tyson family remain
committed to the City of Springdale where our corporate headquarters is
located, all our plant communities and other stakeholders."
Cancer claims Don Tyson
January 6, 2011