Tyson Foods, Inc. today announced that Sara Lilygren has been named Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs. She was formerly Senior Vice President of External Relations, a role in which she served for more than three years.
Lilygren joined Tyson Foods in August 2002 as director of federal government relations and ran the company’s Washington, D.C., office for seven years. Prior to that, she was a lobbyist and public relations practitioner for various food industry groups for 22 years. She moved to Tyson Foods’ headquarters in 2009 to manage external relations, which includes public relations, community relations and corporate communications departments.
In addition to managing external affairs in her new role as EVP, she also leads the company’s charitable giving, which focuses on education and hunger relief. Tyson Foods’ goal is to make a positive contribution to the active, passionate community involved in the fight against hunger.
Lilygren serves on boards or advisory councils for the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Arkansas World Trade Center, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the Walton Arts Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.
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.