Ocean Spray Names Former Tyson Foods Executive as New CEO

NEC member Ocean Spray Cranberrries Inc has named Tom Hayes as its new president and CEO. Hayes is the former President and CEO of Tyson Foods. 

Hayes most recently served as a partner at Chicago-based Entrepreneurial Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in middle-market food companies. Earlier in his career, Hayes served as chief supply chain officer at Hillshire Brands and Sara Lee, and also held positions at US Foods, ConAgra and Kraft. Hayes is a native of Merrimack, NH. He earned degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Northwestern University. 

Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative headquartered in Lakeville-Middleborough, MA, and has 2,000 employees. More than 700 cranberry growers in the U.S., Canada, and Chile own the cooperative, which operates 20 cranberry receiving and processing facilities. 

“Ocean Spray is a unique company – one that asks its leaders to speak the language of consumers, farmers, grocers, bankers, manufacturers and employees all at once. In Tom Hayes, we believe we have found a leader who can speak to all of these audiences and continue the transformation of this cooperative,” said Peter Dhillon, Chairman of Ocean Spray’s Board of Directors, in a statement

The New England Council congratulates Mr. Hayes on his new position and looks forward to Ocean Spray’s continued growth and success under his leadership. Read more in the Boston Business Journal.  


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