Tyson Foods named Jonathan D. Mariner, 64, to the board of directors, company officials announced on May 10. 

Mariner is a private investor and entrepreneur who recently retired after 23 years in professional sports. He previously served as chief financial officer (CFO) for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, where he led the League’s accounting, treasury and budgeting functions; completed more than a dozen franchise purchase and sale transactions; and helped create the League’s strategic investment fund.

Prior to his position at Major League Baseball, Mariner was the CFO for the Florida Marlins Baseball Club, Florida Panthers Hockey Club and Dolphins Stadium. He was also previously a director for Ultimate Software, which ranked #8 on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2019. Mariner is currently the founder and president of TaxDay, LLC, a private software firm that creates apps designed to help users keep track of their multi-state travel. He is also serving on an interim basis as the Head of Regional Sports Networks for The Walt Disney Company pending the networks’ sale.

“Our governance and nominating committee recommended Jonathan because of his financial background, entrepreneurial interests and experience in strategic investments, acquisitions and forecasting,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors for Tyson Foods, John Tyson. “We believe his insight will help us as we continue to grow our value-added and international businesses.” 

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Mariner has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

In addition to Mariner and Chairman John Tyson, other current members of the Tyson Foods board of directors are Gaurdie E. Banister Jr., Dean Banks, Mike Beebe, Mikel A. Durham, Kevin M. McNamara, Cheryl S. Miller, Jeffrey K. Schomburger, Robert Thurber, Barbara A. Tyson and Tyson Foods president and CEO Noel White.