“Dennis was a man of integrity and we’re deeply saddened by his sudden passing,” said Tyson Chairman John Tyson in a statement. “He was a well-respected leader and colleague who was committed to helping our company succeed. Over the years, he was involved in helping us work through some major acquisitions as well as some difficult times. We appreciate all he did for the company but, most importantly, we’re grateful for his friendship and support. My heart goes out to his wife Kathleen and all of their family.”
Leatherby joined Tyson as assistant treasurer in 1990. In 2008, he replaced Wade Miquelon as CFO, working under then-CEO Richard Bond.
According to Tyson Foods, Leatherby was named Outstanding Financial Executive of the Year (2009-10) and Alumni Fellow (2015-16) by his alma mater, the Kansas State University (KSU) College of Business Administration, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance.
He was an advisory council member of the KSU business administration college, served on the board of the Garrison Financial Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and was a member of the finance committee at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, where he was a lay member.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Diane Leatherby of Fayetteville, and daughters Michelle Leatherby of Chicago and Lauren Leatherby of New York City.
Funeral details have not been announced.