Tyson Foods has announced a series of senior management changes including the appointment of an executive to oversee international sales and operations for the company.

Richard A “Rick” Greubel, Jr has been named group vice president – international and will report to Greg Lee, chief administrative officer and international president for Tyson.

Greubel comes to Tyson from Monsanto , a leading provider of agricultural products, where he most recently served as president, managing director and commercial acceptance lead for Monsanto Brazil.

Greg Huett, Tyson’s current group vice president-international, will remain in the position until Greubel starts to work on or before 1 August. Huett will continue to be part of the company’s international business during a period of transition, before moving on to another leadership position within the company.

Tyson’s international sales totalled US$2.9bn or approximately 11% of the company’s total sales in fiscal 2005. The company hopes to establish in- country presence in at least one additional foreign market in 2006 and has been exploring opportunities in both China and South America.

In other developments, James Lochner has been named senior group vice president of Fresh Meats and margin optimization. Lochner will oversee the company’s beef and pork business and will also continue to oversee such departments as commodity trading and risk management, production planning and aviation.

Donnie Smith, who has been serving as senior vice president and chief information officer for Tyson Foods, will now take on additional responsibility for warehousing, distribution and corporate purchasing, and is therefore being designated group vice president, information systems, purchasing, and distribution. Most of these functions were previously managed by James Lochner.