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Beyond Meat suspends COO after arrest for allegedly biting man's nose
Reporting by Ananya Mariam Rajesh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber, Reuters
September 20, 2022
Sept 20 (Reuters) - Beyond Meat Inc's (BYND.O) Chief Operating Officer Doug Ramsey has been suspended effective immediately, the company said on Tuesday, following reports of the executive's arrest for allegedly biting a man's nose during an altercation.
The plant-based meat producer said the operations activities will be overseen on an interim basis by Jonathan Nelson, senior vice president of manufacturing operations.
Shares of the company which closed down 6% on Tuesday, were up 0.6% in extended trading.
Ramsey was detained on Saturday on charges of third-degree battery and for threatening, according to court records. He was released on a $11,000 bond on Sunday.
According to media reports, the incident happened at a parking garage near Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Ramsey took on the COO's role at Beyond Meat in December 2021 after having served for three decades in various leadership roles at Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N)...
Beyond belief: Bad news turns to bizarre for Beyond Beef
Beef Central (Australia)
The bad news for early plant-based protein pioneer Beyond Meat turned to bizarre over the weekend with reports that its Chief Operating Officer was arrested for allegedly biting a man’s nose after an Arkansas college football game.
US media reports said COO Doug Ramsey was arrested for “terroristic threatening and third-degree battery” after allegedly biting a man’s nose in a parking garage after a University of Arkansas game.
Local television station KNWA/Fox24 reported that Mr Ramsey allegedly punched through the back windshield of a Subaru after it made contact with the front tyre of his car.
The Subaru owner then got out of his car, and Ramsey allegedly started punching him and bit his nose, “ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose,” according to the report.
Mr Ramsey has been the operating chief of Beyond Meat since December and previously spent three decades at Tyson Foods, overseeing its poultry and McDonald’s businesses.Beyond Meat was a darling of the much-hyped plant-based “meat” sector when it was publicly launched three years ago.
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