Tyson announces two top management appointments
June 01, 2009
by Bryan Salvage
SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Archie Schaffer has been named executive vice-president, corporate affairs, a new position at Tyson Foods Inc. intended to enhance and expand the company’s role in the business community. Sara Lilygren, Tyson’s vice-president, federal governmental relations in Washington, D.C., will move to Springdale, Ark., at the end of June to become senior vice-president, external relations. Ms. Lilygren has run Tyson’s lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. for seven years. She will report to Mr. Schaffer in this new role.
Previously senior vice-president for external relations where he oversaw the company’s government, public and community relations efforts, Mr. Schaffer has been with Tyson for 18 years. He will continue reporting to Leland Tollett, Tyson’s interim president and chief executive officer.
"I am pleased for the company that we can continue to benefit from the considerable talents Archie Schaffer has offered us over the past two decades," Mr. Tollett said. "This new position will give us more depth in the corporate affairs arena, and better enable us to communicate with others in the world of business and those in government who regulate and influence our business."
Joining Tyson in 1991 as director of media, public and governmental affairs, Mr. Schaffer’s roles and responsibilities grew and he became senior vice-president for external relations in 1999. Before joining Tyson, he was administrative assistant to Governor and Senator Dale Bumpers and was executive director of the Arkansas Business Council.
Before joining Tyson in 2002, Ms. Lilygren served 18 years in several positions, culminating in senior vice-president for legislative and public affairs, at the American Meat Institute. Earlier in her career she was manager of public relations for the National Food Processors Association (now called Grocery Manufacturers of America) from 1982-84.
"Sara Lilygren will be a wonderful addition to our senior management team and we are glad to have her join us here in our Springdale headquarters," Mr. Tollett said.