US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs Announces Inaugural Board of Directors and Leadership Team

Working together for a more sustainable future

Everything we do at Tyson Foods starts with our purpose — to raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. We don’t just try to meet expectations, we try to exceed them and consistently challenge ourselves to improve every day.

The US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs (US-RSPE) recently announced their inaugural board of directors and leadership team at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta.

The chair will be our very own Leigh Ann Johnston, director of sustainable food strategy for Tyson Foods. It’s important for Tyson Foods to join this diverse group of stakeholders to focus on and accelerate continuous improvement in sustainability across all phases of the poultry and egg value chain.

The vice-chair will be Lankford Ruffin, corporate environmental manager for Butterball.

The board will be made up of growers, integrators, processors, breeders, brands, retailers, foodservice, technology providers, animal welfare and environmental organizations, who will help advance sustainability through the entire value chain. Current board members include:

  • Ed Scott, director of corporate recruiting, Cal-Maine Foods
  • Ernie Meier, director of quality systems, U.S. Supply Chain Management, McDonald’s USA
  • Tim Hardman, beef director, sustainable food, World Wildlife Fund
  • Jennifer Rhodes, owner and operator, Deerfield Farms LLC
  • Jack Scott, vice president of sustainability and responsible sourcing, Nestlé
  • Kim Stackhouse, director of sustainability, JBS USA
  • Suzy Friedman, senior director, agricultural sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Megan Dillinger, manager of sustainability, Global Food Business, Walmart
  • David Heckman, global marketing consultant, Elanco Animal Health
  • Marty Frankhouser, national director of the Farm Program, American Humane Society
  • Anne Marie Neeteson, vice president of welfare and compliance, Aviagen
  • Rich Eddington, senior director of poultry procurement, Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC (A Yum! Brands Co-op).

The membership will represent five constituency groups:

  1. Growers/producers
  2. Integrators/processors
  3. Allied industry
  4. Retail/foodservice
  5. Civil society/NGOs