David L. Van Bebber was Appointed as General Counsel at Tyson Foods

Date of management change: June 01, 2008 

What Happened?

Springdale, AR-based Tyson Foods hired David L. Van Bebber as General Counsel.


About the Company

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world`s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500.


About the Person

David is Tyson Foods’ executive vice president and general counsel, a position he assumed in 2008. As the company’s Chief Legal Officer, he oversees legal matters as well as internal audit, compliance and the areas of workers compensation and claims.  David has been crucial in Tyson Foods’ efforts to act with pride, honesty, responsibility and accountability.  He has successfully managed litigation involving Tyson Foods’ compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, immigration law and occupational safety regulations. He was the lead in-house attorney in Tyson Foods’ acquisition of companies such as Hudson Foods Inc. and Holly Farms Corp. Additionally, he was the integration manager for Tyson Foods’ 2001 purchase of IBP, inc.  Since joining Tyson Foods in 1986 as corporate counsel, David has held various officer positions with the company. He was vice president and director of Legal Services, senior vice president of Legal Services and senior vice president and deputy general counsel.  David also previously served as general counsel and secretary of the Lane Processing Companies of Arkansas. He participated in the negotiation and sale of Lane to Tyson Foods in 1986.  He is a member of the Arkansas and American Bar Associations, as well as the American Corporate Counsel Association. David also is a board member and vice president of Life Styles Inc. of Fayetteville, Ark., a non-profit organization serving those in the community with physical and mental disabilities.  A native of De Queen, Ark., David earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.


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