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Dean Lisenby | Butterball
on March 30, 2017

Butterball appoints Lisenby, Walsh to executive roles

Company promotes two employees to vice presidential positions

Butterball has promoted Dean Lisenby to vice president of supply chain and continuous improvement and Neal Walsh to vice president of strategic business initiatives and purchasing.

Dean Lisenby

Lisenby will continue to oversee supply chain management, in addition to his new responsibility for directing the company’s logistics group, ensuring seamless processing, warehousing and customer distribution.

"This promotion has been given in recognition of Dean Lisenby’s hard work and dedication to Butterball. His tireless efforts have contributed significantly to our brand," Butterball Chief Operating Officer Jay Jandrain said. “His track record is strong in driving positive change to the business, and we look forward to his continued leadership which will serve as a growth catalyst and help Butterball pursue excellence in the market.”

As the director of supply and demand planning at Butterball, Lisenby led several successful supply chain planning software implementations and major company-wide developments and advancements, including a large distribution center and a case-ready plant. Prior to joining Butterball in 2008, Lisenby spent 10 years at Perdue Farms as director of supply planning.

Lisenby received his bachelor of science in manufacturing engineering technology from Western Carolina University.

Neal Walsh | Butterball

Neal Walsh

As vice president of strategic business initiatives and purchasing, Walsh will be responsible for collaborative efforts to identify the most profitable integrated value of the Butterball meat supply. Walsh will continue to oversee corporate purchasing, in addition to co-pack procurement and management. He will also guide Butterball’s processing facilities’ protein utilization, as the company continues efforts to widen its competitive advantage through best-in-class processes and consistency.

“Neal Walsh’s experience in the poultry industry, coupled with a dedication to continuous improvement in all areas of the company, is an invaluable asset,” Jandrain said. “We’re confident that his deep knowledge and experience will ensure Butterball’s continued success.”

Prior to joining Butterball, Walsh spent 19 years at Perdue Farms, rising through the ranks from plant operations to corporate purchasing manager. He joined Butterball in 2007, where he developed and implemented a corporate purchasing policy and drove organizational change by combining the purchasing functions of Carolina Turkeys and Butterball into one business unit.

Walsh received his bachelor of science in business administration from Appalachian State University. 

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