Beyond Meat’s chief executive, who was arrested in September following a physical altercation after an Arkansas Razorbacks football game, has left the company.
Doug Ramsey, 53, was originally suspended by the company on Sept. 20, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ramsey’s last day with Beyond Meat was October 14.
The filing does not say whether Ramsey was fired or voluntarily left the company, which produces plant-based beef, pork and poultry. USA TODAY has contacted Beyond Meat for additional information.
The announcement came as Beyond Meat said it was laying off around 200 employees, or nearly 20% of its workforce, as the company tries to “generate more sustainable growth”, according to the president and chief executive officer. direction Ethan Brown, in a context of loss of demand.
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Ramsey’s furlough comes weeks after he was charged with threatening terrorism and third-degree assault on September 17, previous booking records show. He was later released on $10,000 bond.
According to the campus police preliminary report obtained by local Arkansas television station KNWA/Fox 24, Ramsey was involved in a road rage altercation after the Razorbacks’ game against Missouri State. He slammed into the back of the windshield of another man’s vehicle after the vehicle made contact with Ramsey’s car, the report said.
Once the other man got out of his vehicle, Ramsey punched him repeatedly and bit his nose, “tearing the flesh on the tip of his nose”, and threatened to kill him, according to the report .
Ramsey was named COO of Beyond Meat in December 2021 after spending three decades at Tyson Foods. Jonathan Nelson, Beyond Meat’s senior vice president of manufacturing operations, will permanently oversee the company’s operations after assuming Ramsey’s role on an interim basis following the arrest.
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