Rick Thomason Named President and General Manager of Tyson de Mexico


SPRINGDALE, Ark. – WEBWIRE – Friday, March 14, 2014

Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the promotion of Rick Thomason as president and general manager of Tyson de Mexico, the company’s oldest and most established international business. In his new role, Rick will oversee all of Tyson de Mexico’s daily business. “Rick played a critical role in Tyson Foods’ international growth over the last several years,” said Rob Tanksley, senior vice president of Tyson’s Latin America business unit. “He was instrumental in driving our international business to achieve strong earnings growth. In Mexico, he will be part of a very successful team and make a crucial contribution to its success in the future.”

Thomason joined Tyson Foods’ corporate cost accounting group in 1991 and has held many different positions within the finance and accounting group during his career with the company. Before his promotion, he was vice president of accounting for Tyson Foods’ international businesses.

He grew up in Union City, Indiana, and is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Tyson Foods has had a presence in Mexico for more than 20 years. Tyson de Mexico is a vertically-integrated poultry producer and marketer employing approximately 5,400 Team Members. Tyson de Mexico holds the No. 3 market-share position and is the country’s leading value-added chicken company. It processes approximately 2.7 million chickens per week at three processing plants.

Tyson de Mexico markets products under the Tyson®, Del Dia® and Granja San Martin® brands. The company exports chicken to Vietnam and Guatemala. The company recently expanded into central Mexico to accommodate customers in that region.

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers 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 was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods 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. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 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 Foods 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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