Leland Edward Tollett

Leland Edward Tollett was born in Nashville, Howard County, Arkansas, on January 21, 1937.

Tollett received a two-year degree from Southern State College before earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in poultry science and nu trition from the University of Arkansas .

Tollett began working in research for Tyson Feed and Hatchery in 1959 and remained there through their expansion into Tyson Foods, Inc. , rising to president and CEO before retiring in 1998 . He was asked to return to Tyson Foods as interim president and CEO in 2009 to guide the company through an industry -wide downturn . He has served on the board of the National Chicken Council and as board dir ector of Worthen Banking Corp. and J . B . Hunt Transport Services , Inc .

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