CHS taps new leader for Country Operations unit

by Eric Schroeder
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Rick Dusek exec VP of country operations division
Rick Dusek 

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Rick Dusek has been named executive vice-president for CHS Inc.’s Country Operations division. He succeeds Lynden Johnson, who retired on Oct. 2. Mike Johnson, senior vice-president of operations for Country Operations, had been filling in as leader of the division on an interim basis.

“A strong leader with a diverse background in commodity businesses, Rick brings a depth and breadth of industry knowledge and experience that will help us continue to create value for our owners through our Country Operations retail platform,” said Jay Debertin, president and chief executive officer of CHS.

Dusek has nearly three decades in the cooperative system, and most recently was vice-president of CHS Agronomy, where he was responsible for global crop nutrients supply and trading, North American fertilizer operations, sales and marketing, and for developing additional agronomy product and technology offerings. Previously, he was vice-president of grain marketing, where he oversaw North American commodity trading, logistics and transportation and risk management. As vice-president of grain marketing his team led the strategic expansion of the company’s North American grain origination platform, including inland river terminal acquisitions and development and upgrading of export terminal facilities. Earlier, he was director of merchandising and also spent time on the cooperative’s wheat export trading desk.

Dusek is on the board of directors for The Fertilizer Institute, and is a past board member of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.

He received a bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University.

CHS’s Country Operations division serves farmers and ranchers through locally governed ag retailers in 450 communities across 16 states.
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