Securities filing shows Tyson interim CFO’s qualifications

Curt Calaway, who has been with Tyson Foods for nearly two decades, temporarily assumes chief financial officer duties following the arrest of John R. Tyson.

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Curt Calaway, 50, brings 18-plus years of experience of financial leadership within Tyson Foods to his role as interim chief financial officer (CFO) of the company.

Calaway was appointed to the position on June 13, following the arrest of current CFO John R. Tyson.

In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Tyson stated that Calaway most recently served as CFO of Tyson’s Prepared Foods business segment while also holding responsibilities for the company’s mergers and acquisitions and corporate development efforts. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of finance and treasurer, a position he was appointed to in April 2021. In that capacity, Calaway led Investor Relations, Treasury, Corporate Finance, Corporate FP&A, M&A and Corporate Development, Risk Finance, and Supply Chain Finance.

The SEC filing can be seen on a Form 8-K on the Tyson Foods Investor Relations website.

Calaway has been with the company for 18 years holding various leadership roles, including as the controller, chief accounting officer, and vice president of audit and compliance.

Prior to joining Tyson Foods in 2006, Calaway worked for PwC for 11 years, having spent his final year there as audit senior manager, according to his LinkedIn profile.

About John R. Tyson’s arrest

Tyson was suspended from his duties with Tyson Foods after being arrested around 1:30 a.m. on June 13 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, careless driving and improperly making a U-turn. The arrest was made in Fayetteville, Arkansas, according to news reports.

This is the second arrest for Tyson on suspicion of crimes in which alcohol was allegedly involved.

On November 6, 2022, he was arrested, also in Fayetteville, after he had fallen asleep in the bed at the residence of a person he did not know. He allegedly smelled of alcohol at the time of his arrest.

Tyson Foods launched an independent review of the alleged 2022 events, and about one month after his arrest, the company stated that it had “continued confidence” in its CFO.

Tyson eventually pleaded guilty to public intoxication and criminal trespass.

Prior to becoming CFO, Tyson was the company’s chief sustainability officer for about three years.

Tyson is the great grandson of John W. Tyson, the founder of Tyson Foods, and the son of John H. Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods.

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