Leonard Elected Vice Chairman of The National Chicken Council Executive Committee

""Springdale, Ark. (October 2009) — The National Chicken Council (NCC) and its membership recently elected Bernard Leonard, group vice president/Food Service, Tyson Foods, Inc., as  vice chairman of the organization’s Executive Committee   Leonard will serve a one-year term.

Leonard joined Tyson Foods in 1998 when it acquired Hudson Foods, where he was vice president of broiler sales and operations.  He has held numerous management positions at Tyson, including vice president of operations as well as senior vice president of  sales  He was selected to lead Tyson  Food Service in November 2006. 

Since beginning his poultry industry career in 1975, Leonard has served in various positions with industry associations.  He is a former member of the board and executive committee of the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association.  He spent 12 years on the board of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, serving as an officer for four years culminating with a term as chairman in 1999.  He joined the NCC Board of Directors in June 2007 and was elected to the Executive Committee in February 2008.

Donnie Smith, senior group vice president Poultry & Prepared Foods for Tyson was elected to serve on the NCC Board of Directors for a three-year term.

About The National Chicken Council

The National Chicken Council represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce, process and market chickens.  Member companies of NCC account for approximately 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.


About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Ark., is the world’s largest processor and marketer 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 service to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 107,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 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.