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As CHS focuses on the future, we also recognize those individuals who have helped build the strong and successful cooperative system we know today. Among these is Lynden Johnson, executive vice president, Country Operations, who has announced he will retire October 2, 2017, after more than 35 years of service to cooperatives and to CHS.
Lynden’s commitment to cooperatives started even before he finished college in North Dakota, as he juggled studies, the family farm and a job at the local cooperative. He began his career as a management trainee in the cooperative system and spent the next 23 years as a general manager at three local cooperatives in North Dakota and Minnesota. During those years, he was an active leader in cooperative system organizations including serving as president of the North Dakota and Minnesota Managers Association, Triangle Agronomy, LLC, the CHS and Land O’Lakes Managers Council, as well as several business unit advisory committees.
His next chapter began as he moved to St. Paul to lead Cenex/Land O’Lakes Member Services as vice president, where his team offered management consulting services to local cooperatives. In 2008, Lynden joined CHS Business Solutions, where he was responsible for bringing together management consulting to CHS member co-ops with financing, commodity risk management and insurance subsidiaries under one division. In 2011, he was named executive vice president of Business Solutions. During that time, he also led the CHS Foundation through a period of growth and change, and served as a liaison to the CHS Board. In 2014, he assumed his current role as executive vice president, Country Operations. He has also served as a director for the CHS Pension Plan.
Throughout his career, Lynden’s deep commitment to agriculture and cooperatives has been evident in the many relationships he’s built, the businesses he’s led, and the many contributions he has made. Over the years, Lynden has also maintained his strong North Dakota roots. That lifelong connection was recognized when he was awarded the 2015 NDSU Harvest Bowl Agribusiness award, an honor given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in North Dakota and beyond.
We thank Lynden for his nearly four decades of leadership and commitment to cooperatives, and we wish him all the best.
Effective with Lynden’s retirement, Mike Johnston, senior vice president of Operations for Country Operations, will assume the role of interim leader and will report to CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin.