When asked why we help, the answer is always “because it’s the right thing to do; it’s what we do at Tyson Foods.” 

At Tyson Foods, we have 5Cs that guide our behavior –  one of those Cs is Caring.  It’s part of our company culture to care about each other – we care about the families that we feed, the people in our plants, our plant communities, and the farmers and ranchers we depend on to run our business. 

As John R. Tyson mentioned last week, we are approaching COVID-19 as a “human event” – one that calls on us to take care of each other and the communities where we live and work. That’s why we committed $13 million to support hunger relief and our plant communities around the world. As of the largest food companies in the world, we want to do our part to feed people during this unprecedented time.

In addition to this commitment, we are seeing our team members care for each other and their communities in extraordinary ways across our enterprise.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen our more than 141,000 team members worldwide come together to lend a hand to other team members and communities alike.   The impact of one kind gesture can have monumental impact, and it’s the aggregate of each act of kindness, no matter how big or small, that demonstrates our people’s commitment to feeding the world.

  • Donation of 12,000 face masks for medical staff in three regional hospitals (Oosterwolde, Netherlands)
  • Providing meals to students and food banks serving children impacted by school closures (Grannis, AR; Glen Allen, VA; Madison, NE; Blountsville, AL)
  • Supplying local daycares with food to aid families impacted (Waterloo, IA; Grannis, AR)
  • Product donations to churches, food banks, nursing homes and non-profit youth organizations (Storm Lake, IA; Eufaula, AL; New Holland, PA)
  • Deploying care packages to truck drivers committed to delivering food and products to retailers nationwide (Northwest Arkansas; Robards, KY)
  • Creation of mobile food pantries in partnership with churches and local food banks to serve those in need (Newbern, TN)
  • Nearly 75 R&D team members, including chefs, food scientists, technicians and pilot plant staff making and packaging meals for Meals on Wheels and assembling meals for public schools (Northwest Arkansas)

While none of us know how long this will last, what we do know is that we will continue to do our job to make food that feeds people across America and around the globe.  And we’ll do it leading by example – to help one another and our communities. 

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Tyson Foods

Mary Oleksiuk leads teams focused on creating differentiated Team Member engagement. This includes all areas that empower a positive, unique employee experience. She is responsible for human resources (talent, leadership, culture, total rewards, predictive workforce analytics), communications, corporate services (real estate, security, travel), and aviation.

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

She came to Tyson Foods from The Hillshire Brands Company where she served as the chief human resources officer. Prior to Hillshire Brands, she served as chief human resources officer and senior vice president for Discover Financial Services.

Earlier in her career, she was senior vice president, global human resources for Alberto Culver Company. Before that, Mary held numerous leadership roles in human resources at companies such as Limited Brands, Inc., Orbitz, and Solucient/Thomson Reuters. She began her career at Honeywell/AlliedSignal.

Mary received dual bachelor's degrees in computer science and biology from Wayne State University. She also completed a Master of Science in Biology at the University of Illinois.