Tyson Foods announces Arex Lee as CEO of its China operations

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas , May 16, 2012 (press release) – Tyson Foods, Inc. today announced that Arex Lee has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods’ China operations. He will oversee Tyson DaLong, Tyson Shandong and Tyson Jiangsu.

Prior to joining Tyson, Arex worked for more than 25 years with one of the leading poultry companies in China. His industry experience includes the full range of poultry operations, and sales and marketing management. His operations experience includes management of feed mills, contract farming, processing operations, as well as breeder, hatchery and broiler operations. Arex has managed strategy development activities in China and is recognized by customers and other poultry companies as a leader in China’s poultry industry.

Arex is originally from Taiwan and served in the Taiwan Marine Corp. He is an industrial engineer and has earned a Master of Business Administration degree.

Tyson Foods has had a presence in China since 2001. The country has a population of 1.3 billion and chain restaurants are currently opening at a rate of one every 18 hours. Annual per capita meat consumption in China is about 20 pounds per person, compared to 89 pounds in the United States.

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 130 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 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 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. To find out more about the Tyson Foods commitment to hunger relief, go to http://www.tysonhungerrelief.com.

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