February 27, 2020


Tyson Foods appoints Les Baledge as new board director




Tysoon Foods has increased the number of directors on its board to 13 with the appointment of Les R. Baledge, who will serve on the governance and nominating committee.


Baledge, 62, was executive vice president and general counsel of Tyson Foods from 1999 to 2004. He also practiced corporate and finance law with Kutak Rock and The Rose Law Firm, both located at Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.


In addition, he previously served on the boards of BMP Sunstone Corp. and Fairfield Communities Inc. 

"The extensive knowledge that Les has about our company combined with his valuable background in law, business and strategy, will benefit our continued growth efforts," said Chairman John Tyson. "We're excited to have his experience and perspective on the board."


Baledge has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Westminster College and a law degree from the University of Arkansas. 


In addition to Baledge and Chairman John Tyson, other current members of the Tyson Foods board are Gaurdie E. Banister Jr., Tyson Foods president Dean Banks, Mike Beebe, Mikel A. Durham, Jonathan D. Mariner, Kevin M. McNamara, Cheryl S. Miller, Jeffrey K. Schomburger, Robert Thurber, Barbara A. Tyson and Tyson Foods CEO Noel White. 


Tyson Foods, which is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies and a recognised leader in protein. Its broad portfolio of products and brands includes Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®.