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TYSON FOODS' PRES/CEO RESIGNS
Source: Tyson Foods news release

Springdale, AR -- January 5, 2009 - Dick Bond, Ppresident and Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods, Inc., announced today he is leaving the company, effective immediately. Leland Tollett, former Chairman and CEO of the company, has agreed to return to the company as President and CEO on an interim basis until a permanent successor has been chosen.

"After seven years of helping lead or leading the world's largest meat company, I have decided it is in both my best interest personally, and the best interest of the company for me to move on and pursue other interests," Bond said. "I have a lot of both my time and personal finances invested in Tyson Foods, so I wish the company all the best for future success."

Additionally, Donnie Smith, longtime Tyson executive, is being named Senior Group Vice President of Poultry and Prepared Foods, and will have overall responsibility for those divisions of the company.

Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, AR, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 107,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.


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