Donnie Smith’s enthusiasm for Tyson Foods is contagious among the company’s Team Members. Appointed to his role as president and CEO in 2009, his passion is the hallmark of his tenure at the company, which he joined in 1980. He guides Tyson Foods to be a company with a conscience, focused on feeding the world great, affordable food, while also making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Through his career, Smith has worked to learn every angle of the Tyson Foods business. He has worked in poultry operations, commodity purchasing, logistics, food safety and quality assurance, and environmental health and safety. He moved to the company’s consumer products division in 2008 and was named senior group vice president of poultry and prepared foods in 2009, before being appointed president and CEO.
A native of Tennessee, Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.