US meat processor Tyson Foods has said it is implementing changes in its management structure designed to enhance leadership development and succession planning.

The changes include modifications in the structure of some of the senior management teams that report to the company’s top three executives, chairman and CEO John Tyson, president and chief operating officer Dick Bond, and chief administrative officer and international president Greg Lee. The company will begin phasing in the changes immediately with completion expected by 1 October.

“We firmly believe these changes will result in a more effective management structure for our company and enhance our ongoing people development efforts,” said John Tyson.

Bond and Lee will continue to report to John Tyson, as will Al Gonzalez-Pita – executive vice president and general counsel, Dennis Leatherby – senior vice president, finance and treasurer and interim CFO, Archie Schaffer – senior vice president of external relations, Ken Kimbro – senior vice president of human resources, and Jeri Dunn – senior vice president of information technology.

In addition, Donnie Smith has been added as a direct report to John Tyson. Smith is now senior vice president of Project Won, a programme focused on business process changes to support the company’s strategic initiatives.

Among the other changes are the appointments of Bill Lovette as senior group vice president of poultry and prepared foods, Noel White as group vice president of fresh meats operations and commodity sales, Jim Lochner as senior group vice president of margin optimisation, purchasing and logistics, and John Lea as senior group vice president and chief development officer.