‘The Hunger Games’ Will Become a ‘War on Hunger’: CEO of Popeyes Restaurants, CEO of Tyson Foods, CEO Will Be on the Board
Prominent food and beverage executive Tom Breese is the first openly gay executive in the corporate ranks of the food and drinks industry, according to a statement from Tyson Foods.
Breese is CEO of a company that owns and operates the popular Popeyes franchise chain.
The company’s statement said the company was excited about the company’s progress and vision for the future.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Tyson Foods and the world’s largest food and beverages company,” Breese said in the statement.
“Tyson Foods has always been about serving people and giving people quality food.
I am excited to take on this challenge as CEO.”
Breese, whose public disclosure date is February 24, said he was hired to serve as CEO on January 1.
The move was announced by Tyson Foods’ CEO and chairman, Andrew Cornell, in a statement on February 1.
Cornell, who serves as the CEO of General Mills, the parent company of Tyson and Tyson Foods brands, is the second openly gay CEO to hold senior leadership positions in the U.S. Tyson Foods has been a leader in food and agriculture for more than a century.
In recent years, the company has emerged as a leader on climate change, sustainability and animal welfare.
In a statement, Cornell said the new leadership would continue to support the company on issues such as sustainability and innovation, and the company will also be “more proactive in our efforts to improve the quality of our food and our environment.”
BreESE, who is also CEO of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, served as the Braves’ general manager for four years.
He also served as a general manager of the Cincinnati Reds for two seasons before being hired to be the Braves general manager.
He led the team to the NL Central title in 2015, the team’s first championship since the 1950s.