Tyson Foods, a global leader in the food industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Kulka as its Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). This strategic move reflects Tyson Foods’ unwavering commitment to enhancing its digital transformation initiatives and embracing technological innovation.
A Remarkable Career
Douglas Kulka’s career is nothing short of remarkable. With over two decades of experience in the technology field, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to drive innovation and transformative change within organizations. In 2018, he graduated from Deloitte CIO University, where he further honed his technology leadership skills and gained fresh insights into the ever-evolving tech landscape.
An International Perspective
Kulka’s international experience includes an impressive two-year expatriate assignment in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he led the digital transformation efforts of Emerging Countries, which encompassed Brazil, Russia, and China. This assignment showcased his adaptability and deep understanding of diverse technological landscapes.
A Visionary Leader
Douglas Kulka is a visionary leader with a proven track record of applying cutting-edge technologies to deliver impactful solutions. He specializes in machine learning, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and artificial intelligence, harnessing these disciplines to drive innovation and create tangible business value.
Collaboration and Achievements
Throughout his career, Kulka has collaborated with top-tier consulting firms and cross-functional organizations to achieve seemingly impossible business results. His success has come through innovative systems that leverage disruptive technologies, contributing to business growth and resilience.
Douglas Kulka’s Role at Tyson Foods
Doug Kulka serves on the enterprise leadership team as the Chief Information & Technology Officer for Tyson Foods. He is responsible for leading technology operations, cyber, cloud infrastructure, enterprise platforms, and plant automation. In this pivotal role, Doug oversees the use of technology to drive innovation and business growth at Tyson Foods.
As a member of Tyson Foods’ enterprise leadership team, Doug reports directly to President and CEO, Donnie King, underscoring his significance within the organization.
Driving Innovation and Digital Transformation
Doug joined Tyson Foods in 2017 as vice president of enabling functions to drive innovation and technology adoption across Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Sales, and Sustainability. In this role, he led successful implementations of enterprise platforms, including Blacksmith/Forge, Enablon, SAP S/4, Sugar CRM, and Workday to enable digital business functions. In 2020, he was tasked with building the ‘follow the sun’ shared services organization, which today delivers UX design, development, testing, and application support capabilities across the company.
Global Experience and Expertise
Before joining Tyson Foods, Doug held senior leadership roles at Hewlett Packard (HP), where he led global regulatory compliance and held multiple senior global leadership roles during his 10-year tenure. His global experience is highlighted by a two-year expatriate assignment in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he served as the leader for emerging countries and was a member of the Brazil leadership team. Doug also demonstrated extensive experience in corporate carve-outs, successfully leading the design, testing, and cutover for the $8.8 billion sale of HP’s software business to Micro Focus International.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in finance with a strength in computer science from the University of Connecticut.
The appointment of Douglas Kulka underscores Tyson Foods’ commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancement in the food industry. As Global CIO and CTO, Kulka’s vision, extensive experience, and proven leadership will undoubtedly contribute to the ongoing success of Tyson Foods and its mission to provide quality food products to consumers worldwide.