Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> March 29, 2004


JOHN D. JOHNSON is President and Chief Executive officer of CHS Inc. He began his career at Harvest States in 1976 as a feed consultant in the GTA Feeds Division. He progressed through the organization, becoming Regional Sales Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing and General Manager of GTA Feeds. In 1992, he was appointed Group Vice President for the Farm Marketing & Supply division of Harvest States Cooperatives. He became President and CEO in January 1995. Mr. Johnson became President and General Manager of CHS with the merger of Cenex and Harvest States on June 1, 1998. He moved into his current position in 2000. He earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Black Hills State University. Mr. Johnson serves on National Cooperative Refinery Association, CF Industries and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Boards of Directors. In 2003, he was named CEO Communicator of the Year by the Cooperative Communicators Association. Profile
TWST: Would you give us a capsule summary of CHS?

Mr. Johnson: CHS is about a 70-year-old firm consisting of farmer-owned

cooperatives representing probably around 1,200 local