Steven Lyon, Ph.D.
Food & Product Safety
Chick-Fil-A, Inc.

Dr. Steven Lyon has been with Chick-fil-A, Inc. since 2009 and leads the food and product safety programs in the supply chain department. His primary role is to ensure the safety of all products from suppliers and distribution centers are maintained to specifications for the chain’s 1,780 restaurants. Prior to Chick-fil-A, Inc., he was with the USDA’S Bacteriological Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Resistance Research Unit in Athens, GA for 7 years. His work has been published in peer reviewed scientific journals and also in magazines associated with poultry production. His research focused on pathogen isolation methodology, alternative means of destruction (UV irradiation), and genetic characterization related to the transfer of virulent and antimicrobial resistance genes among human pathogens found in poultry, swine, and cattle. Steven holds 3 degrees from the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has a bachelor’s degree in Poultry Science, Master’s of Science Degree in Poultry Microbiology, and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Food Microbiology.