Jay Debertin is president and chief executive officer of CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the largest member-owned cooperative in the United States, which employs 11,000 people and represents 600,000 farmer-owners nationwide.
Debertin leads the CHS strategic leadership team in strengthening the company by advancing operational excellence, accelerating its focus on results and delivering products and services that help the cooperative’s owners grow.
Debertin was named CEO in 2017 after 33 years in leadership roles in the business. In addition to his role as chief executive officer at CHS, Debertin serves as chairman of the board for Ventura Foods, LLC.
Previously, Debertin was executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company’s diverse energy operations and processing and food ingredients. He joined CHS in 1984 in its petroleum division, holding a variety of leadership positions including overseeing energy marketing, crude oil supply, refining, pipelines and terminals, trading and risk management, and transportation.
Debertin grew-up in the heart of the Red River Valley in East Grand Forks, Minn., surrounded by vibrant agricultural communities and a strong cooperative system.
Debertin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Dakota – Grand Forks. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.