Sanderson Farms Inc. has announced that its board of directors has named Tim Rigney as controller and corporate secretary of the company.

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Rigney will succeed James A. Grimes, who announced his retirement from Sanderson Farms effective October 31. With this appointment, Rigney, age 48, will perform the functions of the principal accounting officer for Sanderson Farms. He has served as the company's corporate accounting manager since 2004 and has been employed by Sanderson Farms in various financial capacities since 1990.