February 6, 2012

John Engelen joins CHS as Vice President, Government Affairs

Press Release

US leading farmer-owned cooperative CHS Inc. on Friday (Feb 3) announced the appointment of John Engelen as the vice president of Government Affairs, effective February 20. 

Engelen will lead the company's  federal and state government affairs, serving as CHS lead representative on a wide range of energy, grain, agriculture, cooperative and other issues with Congress, and federal and state agencies.  He will also manage the company's Washington, D.C., government affairs office. 

Engelen will be based at CHS headquarters in St. Paul and report to Patrick Kluempke, executive vice president, Corporate Services.

"We are very pleased to have John join CHS," said Kluempke. "He brings significant insight and experience on many issues that are important to CHS' diverse energy, grains and foods business portfolio, and to our member cooperatives and producer owners."

Engelen brings more than 25 years of experience managing a wide range of legislative issues at the federal, state and local level.  Most recently, he served as vice president, Office of Governmental and Community Affairs, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., where he focused on policy issues, including health care, higher education, research, energy, food safety, public and global health, animal welfare and transportation.  

Prior to joining Emory University, he directed federal relations for the University of Minnesota where he implemented a comprehensive federal relations programme to advance advocacy for the land-grant research university.

He has also held government relations positions at two Fortune 500 companies, and served on US Senator Dave Durenberger's (R-MN) legislative policy staff.