Cobb-Vantress, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods, announced the appointment of Joyce J. Lee, a leader in the animal health industry, as its new president. Lee joins Cobb after serving as executive vice president and president of the $1.5 billion U.S. Pet Health and Commercial Operations portfolio for Elanco.
Lee was honored with the Feather in Her Cap Award in 2018 and named one of the 250 most influential people in Kansas City by Ingram’s Magazine in both 2018 and 2019.
“I entered the poultry industry exactly 15 years ago and am excited about returning to an industry full of passionate people with a common mission,” said Lee. “As the foundation of the poultry supply chain, Cobb plays a critical role in helping feed the world with healthy, sustainable and affordable chicken. I’m honored to be a part of the industry that makes a significant difference in our society.”
Lee will report to David Bray, Tyson Foods’ group president of Poultry.
“We’re incredibly pleased to welcome Joyce to the Cobb team,” said Bray. “She’s an experienced leader who cares deeply about the health of the animals and delivering for our customers. Based on her proven track record of innovation, we’re confident she will drive Cobb and the entire industry forward.”
Lee grew up in Houston, Tex., and received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, also in Houston, and a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville, Fla.