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Former Cisco executive Maria N Martinez joins Tyson Foods' board of directors
Siân Yates

Siân Yates

13 June 2024

Former Cisco executive Maria N Martinez joins Tyson Foods' board of directors


Tyson Foods has appointed Maria N Martinez, a former executive at US-based technology company Cisco Systems, to its board of directors.


Martinez, who most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Cisco from 2021 to 2024, will bring her extensive experience in operations and digital transformation to Tyson's board.


Prior to Cisco, she held executive positions at other leading technology companies, including Salesforce, Microsoft, Motorola and AT&T's Bell Labs.


John H Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, said: "Maria is a proven business leader in the technology industry who will help Tyson Foods expedite our data and digital initiatives. We are pleased to welcome her to the board and look forward to the significant insights and experiences she will bring to the company."


In addition to her corporate roles, Martinez currently serves on the boards of directors of McKesson, the Computer History Museum, and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. She also serves as an advisor on the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.


"I was drawn to Tyson Foods as a purpose-driven, world-class food company," said Martinez. "I look forward to bringing my perspective to the board's work as the company continues to execute its digital strategy to grow its business sustainably and create value for shareholders, customers, team members, and communities."


The appointment of Martinez increases the number of directors on the Tyson Foods board to 15, with eleven independent directors. She will serve on the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Strategy and Acquisitions Committee.


Tyson Foods' diverse portfolio includes iconic brands, including Tyson, Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farm.


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