- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is shaking up its top leadership team.

The Springdale-based meat company announced Tuesday that long-time executives Donnie King, Sara Lilygren and Gary Cooper will be leaving the company. King is president of North American operations, Lilygren is executive vice president for corporate affairs and Cooper is the company’s chief information officer.

Tyson says the departures will occur “over a period of months” to ease the transition. The company announced a new, 10-member leadership team that will report to new Tyson President and CEO Tom Hayes, who took over on Dec. 31.

Tyson is one of the world’s largest food companies and its brands include Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm and Sara Lee. The company has about 114,000 employees worldwide.

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