INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — CHS Inc., a U.S. farmer-owned cooperative, appointed Chris Cairo to vice-president for the Eastern Region of its Country Operations division, effective June 1. In addition to overseeing producer board relationships and operations of current business units in the region, Cairo will lead efforts to uncover new growth and partnership opportunities across the territory.
“As a leader, Chris builds trust and respect through transparency while fostering an environment where goals are achieved as a team,” said Mike Johnston, senior vice-president, CHS Country Operations. “He has demonstrated an openness to collaborate across the CHS enterprise — certainly a critical skill as he looks to build off of the foundational efforts Brian Schouvieller set in place across this region.”
Cairo joined CHS last October as general manager for the Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.-based CHS retail unit. He has more than three decades of experience in ag and related industries, much of it in leadership roles directing complex businesses and guiding employee teams through growth and change. He started his career in the trading trainee program at Continental Grain and spent some 20 years with that company, including time as general manger with TEMCO, a CHS joint venture business.CHS Inc. is an agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions, including financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.