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Cal-Maine Foods Announces Castleberry’s Retirement And Promotions

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announced Nov. 18 that Michael D. “Mike” Castleberry, VP and controller and the company’s principal accounting officer, will retire effective early January 2022. Castleberry has held this position since 2014 after serving as Director of Accounting since 2013.

Matt Glover has been named VP of accounting and will transition to the role of principal accounting officer effective Nov. 29, 2021. Glover has served as Director of Financial Reporting for Cal-Maine Foods since 2019. He previously was a Senior Audit Manager at BKD, LLP, for 10 years where he worked with audit clients in a variety of industries. Glover holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jia Scott has been named VP of treasury. Scott has served as director of taxation for Cal-Maine Foods since November 2013. Prior to this position, she was VP of taxation of parkway properties Inc. and held other senior financial positions at various publicly traded companies where she played a leading role in accounting, debt management and treasury services. In addition to her tax and treasury work at Cal-Maine Foods, she also helps oversee the Company’s philanthropic efforts and sustainability initiatives. Scott holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Jackson State University, a Master of Accountancy degree from Millsaps College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Rhonda Whiteman has been promoted to VP of operational accounting. Whiteman joined Cal-Maine Foods in 2012 and has held numerous financial positions in areas including accounts payable, purchasing, analytics and accounting management across the Company. She most recently served as Director of Operations Accounting, where she has utilized a strong working knowledge of the company’s enterprise-wide procedures and field operations to support continuous improvement initiatives. Whiteman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University.

The new appointments for Glover, Scott and Whiteman are effective Nov. 29, 2021, and they will each report directly to Max Bowman, VP and CFO.

Commenting on the announcements, Dolph Baker, chairman and CEO of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., stated, “Mike Castleberry has served as a valued accounting and financial advisor, and we are very grateful for his leadership and dedicated service to the Company. He has played an integral role on our management team through a period of tremendous growth for Cal-Maine Foods. We will certainly miss his considerable insight and wisdom, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

“Matt Glover is well qualified to assume this important new role, having managed all our financial reporting and SEC filings while utilizing his technology experience to enhance our reporting processes and procedures. Since joining Cal-Maine Foods, he has worked closely with Mike Castleberry and will continue to benefit from his expertise to ensure a smooth transition. Jia Scott has extensive experience in taxation and treasury, both at Cal-Maine Foods and with other companies and industries. Rhonda Whiteman is very familiar with our systems and processes across the Company and understands the financial management and needs of our operating facilities. We are confident in each of these managers’ capabilities and commitment as they take on these new leadership roles for Cal-Maine Foods. We are fortunate to have a strong finance and accounting team, and we look forward to working together as we continue to execute our growth strategy.”

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing, marketing and sale of fresh shell eggs, including conventional, cage-free, organic pasture-raised, free-range and nutritionally enhanced eggs. The company, which is headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi, is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the U.S. and sells the majority of its shell eggs in states across the southwestern, southeastern, mid-western and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.

In other recent news, the board of directors for Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has approved a $23 million capital project to expand the company’s cage-free egg production at its Okeechobee, Florida, production facility. Click here to see the story. 

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