Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Friday named George Chappelle chief integration officer.

Chappelle is chief operating officer of AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc. of Cincinnati, which Tyson bought for $4.2 billion earlier this month. 

He will report directly to Tyson Foods President and CEO Tom Hayes and be a member of the company’s Enterprise Leadership Team. Chappelle will manage the Integration Management Office and will lead all aspects of the integration of AdvancePierre. He will also continue to lead operations for AdvancePierre.

“George’s experience and leadership will be valuable as we bring these two companies together and work to generate cost synergy benefits of $200 million within three years,” Hayes said in a news release. “An effective integration is an extremely important part of our strategic focus on sustainably feeding the world with the fastest growing portfolio of protein packed brands.”

Chappelle joined AdvancePierre as senior vice president of supply chain in 2014 and became chief operating officer in 2016. He has previously served in operations and information technology leadership roles at Solo Cup, Sara Lee Foods, Heinz and the Gillette Company.  

Chappelle has a master’s of science degree in applied management from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s of science degree in information technology from Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts.

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Tyson Names George Chappelle Chief Integration Officer