Donnie Smith, Tyson Foods

2014 Power 50 Suppliers: No. 7 Donnie Smith  President and CEO Tyson Foods Key Development: Reorganized leadership to reflect new priorities. What’s Next: Acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

Donnie Smith has a full plate as he prepares to lead Tyson Foods in acquiring Hillshire Brands, a move that will bolster Tyson’s prepared foods division and create a $40 billion company.

“By investing in Hillshire Brands and its collection of leading brands, we have a unique opportunity to transform an important segment of our business, and position Tyson Foods to meet American consumers’ growing demand for protein at breakfast and throughout the day,” Tyson’s president and CEO sa

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