USA- CHS Inc., a US-based agribusiness cooperative, announced the appointment of Sarah Bovim as vice president of government affairs on March 20. 

Bovim brings more than 17 years of experience to CHS, leading government affairs and public policy for Whirlpool Corp. and Albertsons Companies (ACI), one of the largest US food and drug retailers.

Before working in the private sector, Bovim was a senior US trade negotiator at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) during the Democratic and Republican administrations. 

While there, she led negotiating teams that shaped international trade policy and provided insights and perspectives to Congress and executive branch officials on how government action affects business. 

Additionally, she has worked as an economist for the US Department of Commerce, the International Trade Administration, and The World Bank.

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 US,” said Brandon Smith, executive vice president, and general counsel. 

CHS Inc. is owned by farmers, ranchers, and cooperatives across the United States, and is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers, and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. 

It is, therefore, important that its leaders care about the needs of farmers. 

I’m thrilled and humbled to share that today, I’m joining the brilliant and forward-thinking CHS team as Vice President, Government Affairs at CHS Inc.! There couldn’t be a more honorable trade than representing farmers in the cooperative system,” Sarah said in a LinkedIn post. 

Bovim succeeds Jim Zappa as head of government affairs, who will retire on April 3. Zappa joined CHS in 2015 as general counsel and held various leadership roles within the organization.

I also want to thank Jim Zappa for his tremendous contributions to CHS over his eight years at the company,” Smith added. 

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