ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S. — CHS Inc. announced on June 27 the retirement of a member of its leadership team and changes in responsibility for two others.
John McEnroe, executive vice-president, CHS Country Operations — consisting of company-owned, locally governed retail business units and its CHS Nutrition and CHS Sunflower operations — will retire Dec. 31.
Lynden Johnson, currently executive vice-president, CHS Business Solutions, has been promoted to executive vice-president, CHS Country Operations. Lisa Zell, currently executive vice-president and general counsel, has been promoted to executive vice-president, CHS Business Solutions. Both Johnson and Zell will continue in their current roles through the end of fiscal 2014 on Aug. 31 and assume their new positions on Sept. 1.
A search for a new executive vice-president and general counsel is underway.
McEnroe retires after a 35-year career. He joined the cooperative system as a manager trainee and held a variety of grain marketing and retail management positions, including being named regional director in 1984, vice president in 2000, and senior vice president in 2003. In 2012, he was promoted to his current role as executive vice-president, CHS Country Operations. Throughout his career, McEnroe has played a key role in this division's growth. Today CHS Country Operations serves 75,000 producers through about six dozen company-owned, locally governed retail business units.
Johnson joined CHS in 2005 as vice-president of Member Services, following two decades in local cooperative management in North Dakota and Minnesota. In 2008, he was named vice-president, Business Solutions Consulting, and in 2010 he was named senior vice-president, Business Solutions. He was promoted to his current role of executive vice-president, Business Solutions, in 2012. In his new role, Johnson is charged with pursuing continued growth opportunities that add value for CHS owners through the company's local retail operations, animal nutrition and sunflower businesses.
In her new role, Zell will lead programs and products that support cooperatives, agribusinesses and producers that are offered through CHS Aligned Solutions, CHS Capital, CHS Hedging and CHS Insurance. She joined CHS in 1999 as a corporate attorney, was named senior attorney in 2003, principal legal counsel in 2008 and senior vice-president and general counsel in 2010. In 2012, she was promoted to executive vice-president and general counsel.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.