In my 35-plus years with our great company, I’ve had the chance to spend time with many of our 122,000 team members, from our facility in Pasco, Washington to the one in Jacksonville, Florida. We come from different backgrounds, different cultures and even different countries. We’re hard-working, well-intentioned people, and we want what’s best for our friends, families and communities.

With my new role comes a new opportunity to empower our outstanding people – to make sure we have the tools to live our best lives and contribute to the broader world. As a company, we’ve already been expanding our workforce education program, Upward Academy. And this week, we’re kicking off our participation in the non-partisan Time to Vote campaign alongside other 140 companies, including Levi Strauss & Co., Patagonia and PayPal.

Here’s what we have planned at Tyson Foods:

  • This week, we’re hosting voter registration drives at our facilities. We’re making it easy for team members to fill out a form at work and mail it in.
  • We’ve also set up WWW.TYSONFOODS.COM/VOTE, a one-stop shop to learn about local candidates and get localized information on how to vote, including early and mail-in options.
  • On Election Day, we’ll work with team members to make sure they’re able to take time to vote.

Each of our team members has a unique perspective to share with government leaders, and it’s important we do that by exercising our right to vote. True democracy requires participation! The reality is voter turnout across the country has been as low as 36% in recent years – and as an employer, we want to do our part to change that.

I’m glad we’re taking this important step to make it easy for our team members to vote – and I look forward to seeing the impact of the broader campaign in all of the places we call home.

Published October 4, 2018.

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Noel White has run the largest U.S. food company since late September 2018, building on Tyson Foods’ existing strategy to even better serve customers and people’s changing tastes. In his role, he leads 141,000 team members and familiar brands including Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair.

Noel is committed to growing Tyson Foods by focusing on value-added foods and international expansion. At the same time, he aims to stabilize the company’s commodity businesses by listening to customers and adapting to their needs. He believes doing good is good business. He is passionate about both sustainability and investing in our people – for instance, by expanding our workforce education program, Upward Academy.

Bringing more than 35 years of experience with Tyson Foods and its predecessor companies (including IBP, inc.), Noel most recently served as group president of Tyson’s Fresh Meats business unit. He previously worked in numerous sales, management, and company officer positions including chief operations officer, president of poultry, senior group vice president of fresh meats, senior vice president for fresh meat sales and marketing, and senior vice president, pork product management.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Noel is a graduate of Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He received a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in economics from Oklahoma City University.