Tyson Foods CEO, Walmart execs, YouTube celebrity speaking at virtual NWA Tech Summit


by Talk Business & Politics

via KATV (AR) - October 12th 2020


LITTLE ROCK Dean Banks, president and CEO of Springdale-based meat giant Tyson Foods, will be a featured speaker at the seventh annual Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit that will take place virtually next week amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


More than 1,000 attendees are expected for the summit that will be hosted Oct. 18-21, said Evan Payne, director of marketing and communications for the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is the organizing body of the summit, and the Walton Family Foundation and Bentonville-based retailer Walmart are event supporters.


Banks will be one of several featured speakers, including Karen Minkel, home region program director for the Walton Family Foundation, and YouTube-famous inventor James Hobson, known as the Hacksmith. Along with the virtual summit, the event also will include Virtual+ experiences for those in the area.


Banks has been president of Tyson Foods since December and has served on the board of directors since 2017. On Oct. 3, he became CEO, and former CEO Noel White became executive vice-chairman on the board of directors. Before joining Tyson Foods, Banks was on the leadership team of X (formerly Google [x]), an Alphabet Inc. company, where he remains an adviser. Previously, he was managing partner of SEED Ventures, a group investing in and developing early-stage healthcare technologies.


Im excited to share how technology is shaping the future of food and helping us feed a growing world thats expected to reach almost 10 billion people by 2050, Banks said...