JUSTIN WHITMORE, EVP Continuous Improvement and Chief Sustainability Officer

I recently returned to the US after a week of thoughtful dialogue and action at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the annual meeting of WEF, an international organization focused on public private cooperation and engaging world leaders to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The Forum in Davos was an important platform to advance our vision and learn from leaders across food, business, policy and non-profit sectors. At Tyson Foods we have a unique ability to make a difference—our scale provides us both with an opportunity and responsibility for impact.

Reflecting on the week, I wanted to share my key learnings from my first trip to Davos:

Ensuring a growing and sustainable food system requires our action and leadership.

At WEF, I was joined by leaders of several other large companies in conversations about the global food system—and our presence was positive, helping to significantly reshape conversations. At Tyson Foods, we are focused on the most important topics in food and our voice is critical to moving the needle. With dialogues in Davos focusing on a food system that is climate smart, inclusive, healthy and affordable—policy leaders, governments and other industry players around the world are looking to us as a leading voice. Through collaboration, we can build a system that focuses on better health outcomes, broader offerings and more sustainable food. 

It is more important than ever to grow our core businesses sustainably while also investing in new protein offerings.

I continue to see global growth in demand for our core products and new alternative protein options. At Tyson Foods, we have the capability to drive growth in protein broadly—fueling innovation to meet evolving consumer demands while growing our core business.

Developing our people is more important than ever.

With technologies such as AI, automation and big data transforming economies and companies, including our own, the makeup of our workforce and the capabilities we need to win continue to evolve. At Tyson Foods we must continue to be focused on ensuring our Team Members have the right skills to succeed from piloting VR training programs to expanding our Upward Academy initiatives. Ultimately, developing team members will be our competitive advantage over time.

Coming out of Davos, our leadership will leverage some new and many existing relationships to create more opportunities for sustainable growth. At Tyson Foods we are focused on leveraging our size and growing international footprint to continue to move the needle on shaping a more sustainable global food system. Now more than ever, finding solutions for our business and economy at large requires collaboration between a diverse set of stakeholders.

My experience in Davos reminded me that at Tyson Foods, we’re up for the challenge.

Published February 7, 2019.

Executive Vice President, Alternative Proteins at

Justin Whitmore leads all aspects of Tyson Foods’ alternative protein business, channeling the company’s capabilities and scale to provide consumers with exciting new protein options.

Justin is a member of Tyson Foods’ enterprise leadership team and reports to President and CEO Noel White.

Justin previously served as Chief Strategy & Ventures Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer for Tyson Foods and has been instrumental in shaping the company’s global growth, value creation, venture capital, and sustainability strategy. Under his leadership, Tyson became the first protein company to set science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets while expanding its global reach and accelerating its venture investments. He has also been responsible for company-wide Continuous Improvement, Food Safety Quality Assurance and Team Member Health & Safety.

Prior to joining the company, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company advising leading packaged goods companies on strategy, performance transformation, and sustainable operations. He also worked as a consultant at Booz & Company (now Strategy&) and in production management, process engineering and procurement roles at Johnson Controls, Inc.

Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.  He was named one of CNN’s Top 20 business leaders pushing global business forward, currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Board at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.