Tyson Foods, Inc. announced that chief operating officer Donnie King has been named president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Current president and CEO Dean Banks is leaving the company and board for personal reasons.

King has more than 36 years of experience in the protein business, holding a variety of executive leadership positions involving virtually all facets of the company including poultry, beef, pork, prepared foods and international. 

He has also provided executive oversight of other important areas, such as food safety and quality assurance, health and safety, continuous improvement, engineering, and supply chain.