Sally Grimes, group president of prepared foods, has had a string of kudos come her way recently.

First, Crain’s Chicago Business named her to its “MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN CHICAGO” list. Then Fortunemagazine named her a “MOST POWERFUL WOMEN TO WATCH.” She followed that with a COVER PROFILE in the fall issue of Chicago Booth Magazine, published by the University of Chicago, her alma mater. That’s a killer trifecta!

It’s inspiring to have such an incredible female leader at the top of our ranks at Tyson Foods. It says a lot that she sits where she does, leading the future not only for our prepared foods group, but the company, and what it means to be a woman working at Tyson Foods—and the possibilities for all of us!

Sally Grimes meeting with the Innovation Lab team.

More about Sally:

  • Responsible for nearly $10 billion of Tyson’s $40 billion business worldwide.
  • Oversees almost half of our production facilities, more than 20,000 team members, as well as our rapid growth, innovation, insights, R&D, and culinary teams.
  • Leads our three billion-dollar brands: Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm and Tyson–and many more.
  • Introduced many iconic brands and spearheaded the growth of dozens more throughout her career, including Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Sharpie markers.
  • Led creation of the Tyson Innovation Lab, a specially-selected team tasked with quickly developing (within six months) new products that tackle larger global issues. The first initiative, YAPPAH! protein crisps, were designed to help fight food waste.
  • Created Tyson’s SparkTank program to engage our teams in 24-hour rapid innovation, and the FastPass program, weekly open “office hours” where team members are invited to bring big ideas and bold thinking.
  • Member of the board of directors of the MIDTOWN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION supporting low-income youth.
  • Member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

We’re lucky to have such an inspiring leader at Tyson Foods!

Published October 18, 2018.

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