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Cal-Maine Foods announces retirement and promotions

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RIDGELAND, Miss. — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has announced that Michael D. (Mike) Castleberry, vice president and controller and the company’s principal accounting officer, will retire from Cal-Maine Foods effective early January 2022. Castleberry has held this position since 2014 after serving as director of accounting since 2013.

Matt Glover has been named vice president–accounting and will transition to the role of principal accounting officer effective as of 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. He is a certified public accountant.

Jia Scott has been named vice president–treasury. Scott has served as director of taxation for Cal-Maine Foods since November 2013. Prior to this position, she was vice president 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 vice president-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, Cal-Maine’s vice president and chief financial officer.

“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,” said Dolph Baker, chairman and CEO of Cal-Maine Foods Inc. “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,” Baker added. “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.”

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