US poultry processor Sanderson Farms has announced that it has named Lampkin Butts as president and chief operating officer of the company.

Butts has been with Sanderson Farms since 1973 when he began his career as a national sales representative. Since that time, he has held various management positions in processing and sales for the company and was named to his current position of vice president-sales in 1996.

Sanderson Farms' operations include the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items.