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by Jim Kordsmeier | June 24, 2020 at 2:24 a.m.

Tyson announces

new HR director

Tyson Foods Inc. on Tuesday announced the hiring of Johanna Soderstrom as the company's human resources chief.

Soderstrom will join the company July 6 as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. She will replace Mary Oleksiuk, who is retiring.

The Springdale-based meat and protein producer said in a news release that Soderstrom will report to Chief Executive Officer Noel White and lead Tyson's global workforce strategy to enable growth and innovation.

Soderstrom most recently served in a similar role at The Dow Chemical Co., and has worked in human resources at companies in Finland, Germany and Switzerland. She holds a master's degree in economics from the Hanken School of Economics in Finland and the Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional credential.

White said Soderstrom "has built her career on helping companies drive growth by fostering strong cultures where employees feel heard, valued and inspired ... Johanna's vision and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to provide them with a positive employee experience in a safe, supportive environment."

-- Serenah McKay

Delta will resume

China-bound flights

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines is the first U.S. airline to resume regularly scheduled passenger flights to China, with the start of service from Seattle to Shanghai via Seoul.

Atlanta-based Delta plans to start the route Thursday with two flights a week on Airbus A350 jets. In July, it plans to switch to once-a-week flights from Seattle and Detroit to Shanghai via Seoul.

The airline encouraged customers to check entry policies regarding testing and screening for covid-19 in China and the United States.

Delta and other U.S. airlines suspended flights to China in February because of the coronavirus outbreak and travel restrictions.

The airline's Atlanta-Shanghai route remains suspended through the summer. While Delta has the route in its flight schedule for later this year, it said: "We are continuing to monitor the schedule in the months ahead and will adjust as needed."

-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State index records

gain of 1.94 points

The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the largest public companies based in the state, closed Tuesday at 388.87, up 1.94.

"U.S. stocks closed higher on Tuesday on improving economic data," said Chris Harkins, managing director at Raymond James & Associates in Little Rock. "The prospect of more stimulus added to hopes for a swift recovery, and a jump in technology shares pushed the Nasdaq to another record high."

The index was developed by Bloomberg News and the Democrat-Gazette with a base value of 100 as of Dec. 30, 1997.


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