Greg W. Lee, chief administrative officer of Tyson Foods and president of Tyson International, took office today as Chairman of the National Chicken Council, the trade association for the chicken production and processing industry. Tom Shelton, chairman and chief executive officer of Case Foods, Inc., was installed as Vice Chairman and Don Jackson, president of the poultry division of Foster Farms, became Secretary-Treasurer.
The new officers were installed during the NCC 49th Annual Conference held here today and attended by members of the industry from across the country. Officers serve one-year terms.
Lee joined Tyson Foods in 1980 as a regional sales manager, after which he held positions of western division manager, vice president of food service sales and marketing, vice president and general manager of foodservice and marketing, senior vice president of sales and marketing USA, executive vice president of sales, marketing, research and development and quality assurance, and president of the foodservice division. He currently serves as chief administrative officer of Tyson Foods and president of Tyson International.
He is a past chairman of the board of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and a member of the board of directors of Tyson de Mexico, based in Torreon, Mexico, and the board of Specialty Brands in Ontario, California. He also serves on the board of trustees of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Lee has been a member of the National Chicken Council Board of Directors since 2000 and has been secretary-treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee for the past year.
Lee resides in Springdale, Arkansas, with his wife, Hannah. They have two grown children.
Shelton founded Case Foods in 1987. The company is headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland, and currently has operations in North Carolina and Ohio. Shelton previously worked for 23 years at Perdue Farms, finishing his tenure as president and chief operating officer. He served six years on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Baltimore.
Shelton has served on the NCC Board of Directors since 1988. He lives in the Salisbury area and has four children and five grandchildren.
Jackson has been president of the poultry division of Foster Farms, based in Livingston, California, for the past three years. Previously he was executive vice president for foodservice of ConAgra Poultry Company in Duluth, Georgia. Before that he worked for 22 years for Seaboard Farms of Athens, Georgia, including four years as president and CEO. He has served on the NCC Board of Directors since 1996.
Jackson and his wife, Teresa, reside in Turlock, California. They have six children.
George Watts of Alexandria, Virginia, was elected to another term as president of NCC, a post he has held since 1972.
The National Chicken Council represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce, process and market chickens. Member companies of NCC account for approximately 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.