Just four months after retiring from his role as chief financial officer at Tyson Foods, Dennis Leatherby, 58, passed away suddenly this week from a heart attack. He served as Tyson’s CFO for a decade but spent a total of 28 years with the company.
“Dennis was a man of integrity, and we’re deeply saddened by his sudden passing. He was a well-respected leader and colleague who was committed to helping our company succeed,” Tyson Foods chairman John Tyson said in a statement.
“Over the years, he was involved in helping us work through some major acquisitions as well as some difficult times," he continued. "We appreciate all he did for the company, but most importantly, we’re grateful for his friendship and support. My heart goes out to his wife Kathleen and all of their family."
Leatherby was the recipient of numerous awards during his career, but he would often say his greatest accomplishment was his two daughters, Lauren and Michelle, his obituary noted.
Colleagues said he always put others’ needs before personal recognition and acted with immense integrity.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Activities Center at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Ark.