CHS names new government affairs executive

March 23, 2023 By    
Sarah Bovim


U.S. agribusiness cooperative CHS named Sarah Bovim as vice president, government affairs.

According to the company, she brings more than 17 years of experience to CHS, leading government affairs and public policy for Whirlpool Corp. and Albertsons Cos., one of the largest U.S. food and drug retailers.

Before working in the private sector, Bovim served as a senior U.S. trade negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She has also worked as an economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration and The World Bank.

Bovim succeeds Jim Zappa, who will retire in April after holding various leadership roles at CHS since 2015.

“Sarah brings tremendous experience, strong relationships and deep knowledge managing a broad range of regulatory and legislative issues that will help CHS represent the voice of our farmer and cooperative owners across the U.S.,” says Brandon Smith, executive vice president and general counsel for CHS. “I also want to thank Jim Zappa for his tremendous contributions to CHS over his eight years at the company.”

CHS Inc. is an agribusiness cooperative owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the U.S. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

The company ranks 12th in LP Gas’ 2023 Top Propane Retailers ranking for highest gallon sales.

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