SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Tyson Foods has recently announced it will open a state-of-the-art childcare center in 2023 for Northwest Arkansas team members near its world headquarters campus in Springdale.
“Caring for our team members and their families has always been at the core of the Tyson culture,” said Jane Duke, Tyson’s project lead for the world headquarters expansion. “Childcare is a barrier we can address that will not only support our team members but solve a need so our employees can be successful at work and provide for their families. This childcare center and the new corporate campus are key initiatives as we strive to become the most sought-after place to work.”
Tyson Foods is partnering with Bright Horizons, a nationally recognized leader in childcare to provide care for more than 200 infants and preschoolers of Tyson Foods team members. It will also offer options for after-care for school-aged children.
This marks the third investment in childcare by Tyson Foods in less than two years. In 2021, the company announced two pilot projects that will provide greater access to affordable childcare for hourly team members in Humboldt, Tenn., and Amarillo, Texas.
The company added that, “These investments demonstrate the company’s latest commitment to continue building a culture that allows our team members and their families to grow and thrive. Additionally, as part of our efforts to recruit and retain hourly team members, we’ve also piloted flexible work schedules and provided $50 million in year-end bonuses.”
- Chief growth officer
Tyson Foods has also announced Melanie Boulden as executive vice president, chief growth officer, effective as of Feb. 6, 2023. Boulden will report to president and CEO Donnie King and will be responsible for all aspects of global brand marketing to foster the growth of the company’s portfolio of brands and products. In this newly created role, Boulden will join the Enterprise Leadership Team and oversee functions including consumer and corporate branding, innovation, R&D, communications, and consumer insights and analytics.
“Melanie is an exceptional talent and a proven leader in growing global household brand businesses. She has the creative, operational, and financial experience to drive value creation across Tyson Foods’ brand portfolio,” said Donnie King, Tyson Foods president and CEO. “The introduction of the new Chief Growth Officer role will allow Melanie to develop a world-class center of excellence around brand marketing that will be critical as Tyson Foods continues to focus on future growth.”
Boulden brings more than two decades of food, packaged and consumer goods marketing experience having cultivated high-profile brands to drive growth and profitability. She most recently served as chief marketing officer (CMO) of Coca-Cola North America, responsible for a multibillion-dollar portfolio consisting of more than 20 brands including Coca-Cola®, Sprite®, smartwater® and Minute Maid®. Prior to becoming CMO, she was president of the Still Beverages Business Unit for Coca-Cola North America, leading the water, sports drinks, tea and coffee businesses and was president and general manager of Venturing and Emerging Brands. Boulden also served as global head of marketing and brand management at Reebok and has held marketing management roles at Crayola, Kraft Foods and Henkel Consumer Goods. She holds a B.S. in English from Iowa State University and an MBA with concentrations in marketing and finance from The University of Iowa. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Adobe.
“As Tyson Foods continues on its strong growth trajectory as a global food leader, I am pleased to be in a role where I will help drive the long-term growth of the company’s broad portfolio of products and iconic brands,” Boulden said. “I look forward to becoming part of the outstanding leadership team in place at the company, joining a community of world-class team members, and delivering for its customers and consumers around the world.”
- Group president, Fresh Meats
Brady Stewart was named by Tyson Foods as its group president, Fresh Meats, who has begun this new role starting at the beginning of this year. Stewart will also report to King and will be responsible for strengthening the competitiveness of the company’s beef and pork businesses through innovation, technology, data and analytics. Stewart’s focus will also include optimizing business processes and building efficiencies in the operational and commercial activities of the business.
“Brady is a well-respected, proven industry leader who will help position us for continued success,” King said. “His background in building business strategies that drive outcomes and identify efficiencies across complex supply chains is critical for this role.”
Stewart brings more than two decades of experience in the protein industry. He joins the company from Smithfield Foods where he has served as chief operating officer since 2021. In that role, he led Smithfield’s business across its more than 500 company-owned farms and 46 production facilities in the U.S. and developed operating systems that aligned efforts across different segments of the business to drive efficiencies and optimize business activities and outcomes.
Additionally, he was responsible for operations of the company’s vertically integrated domestic supply chain, including sourcing and procurement, transportation, warehousing and logistics. Prior to that, he held the role of chief manufacturing officer and was the executive vice president, U.S. Hog Production at Smithfield. He has also worked at the Kansas City Sausage Company as chief operating officer, among other leadership roles.
“The reputation of Tyson Foods and its products are world renowned, and I am delighted to be joining the team to help drive growth and deliver for its customers and consumers,” Stewart said. “I look forward to help strengthening the company’s competitiveness as OneTyson by accelerating innovation and streamlining operations.”
Shane Miller will conclude more than 30 years of service to Tyson Foods in 2023, and Tyson noted its thanks for his commitment to the success of the business and its team members.
Stewart and Miller will work closely to ensure a smooth transition as the Fresh Meats corporate team prepares to move to Northwest Arkansas as part of the company’s consolidation of corporate offices to its world headquarters in Springdale.