SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Ten years after his appointment as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Tyson Foods, and about four months after retiring from his 28-year career with the company, Dennis Leatherby died suddenly Aug. 6, after reportedly suffering from a heart attack. Leatherby was 58.

After working in banking for seven years, Leatherby joined Tyson as assistant treasurer in 1990 and worked in several finance roles since then, including vice president of finance and treasurer and interim CFO. Stewart Glendinning assumed his role Feb. 10, while Leatherby remained with the company during the transition period until April.

Tyson President and CEO Tom Hayes expressed his appreciation for Leatherby’s decades of service with the company at the time of his announced retirement.

“During his 28 years at Tyson Foods, especially his almost decade as CFO, Dennis has been a critical factor in our growth, helping guide the strategic repositioning of the company and our acquisition program during his tenure,” Hayes added. “On behalf of our board, our executive team and the entire Tyson Foods family, I want to thank him for his countless contributions during his long and distinguished tenure.”

Leatherby is survived by his wife, Kathleen and two daughters.

In a statement, Chairman John Tyson said, “Dennis was a man of integrity and we’re deeply saddened by his sudden passing. He was a well-respected leader and colleague who was committed to helping our company succeed. Over the years, he was involved in helping us work through some major acquisitions as well as some difficult times. We appreciate all he did for the company, but, most importantly, we’re grateful for his friendship and support. My heart goes out to his wife Kathleen and all of their family.”