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DONNIE SMITH TYSONSSILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas (Oct. 31, 2016) – John Brown University and Soderquist Leadership
will welcome Donnie Smith, chief executive officer at Tyson Foods, Inc., to speak in chapel
Thursday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. for Soderquist Leadership Chapel.

Soderquist Leadership each semester brings to JBU world-class leaders to share with students
their experiences and insights.


"Soderquist Leadership is excited to give JBU students access to hear some of the most
influential leaders in the country," Chuck Hyde, CEO of Soderquist Leadership, said. "Smith is a
role model who exemplifies how to live out your faith in real ways, as a leader of a large for-profit
organization. For students, it's easy to think Smith makes a difference because he is a CEO, but
Smith's story begins way before that."


Smith started working for Tyson in poultry operations in Tennessee before moving to the
company's headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas as commodity buyer in 1980. Rising through the
ranks from director of commodity purchasing in 1991 to CEO in 2009, Smith learned every angle
of the Tyson Foods business.


Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's
largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara
Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It's a recognized market leader in chicken,
beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat,
hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and
foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson
Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business
with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson,
serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has
approximately 113,000 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.


Located on JBU's Siloam Springs campus, Soderquist Leadership is a provider of leadership
development for organizations of all sizes, dedicated to developing values-based leaders around
the world. For more information, visit soderquist.org/.

 

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