Wes Morris has been named president of Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods’ poultry business, effective Jan. 27. He takes the position from David Bray, who is departing as group president of poultry, a position he held since 2021.
Morris has more than 35 years of experience working in poultry and consumer sales. Morris joined Tyson Foods in 1999 and held several leadership positions, including group VP of consumer products, last serving as president of prepared foods operations for four years before retiring in 2017.
“Our team has a passion for feeding the world and we have the right ingredients to successfully execute for our customers and consumers,” Morris said. “We will focus on executing our strategy with excellence and agility.”
After retiring from Tyson, Morris worked as CFO for Simmons Foods from 2018-19 and has most recently worked for Tyson as a consultant in the company’s poultry business. Prior to joining Tyson, he held various sales and sales management roles at Dial Corporation, Andrew Jergens Company and Acosta Brokerage.
“Wes is a recognized leader who will help position us for continued success and the future growth of our chicken segment,” said Donnie King, Tyson Foods president and CEO. “We’re confident his experience will help us continue to strengthen our chicken operations and meet growing consumer demand for Tyson brand products.”
Morris received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas.
Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under four generations of family leadership, Tyson Foods has a portfolio of products and brands like Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair. The company had about 142,000 employees as of Oct. 1.
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