John Griffith is senior vice president, Global Grain Marketing and Renewable Fuels for CHS, a U.S. farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. He is responsible for all CHS global commodity and renewable fuels trading, supply chain management and risk management, including freight, currency, execution and trade finance. He also oversees CHS Hedging, LLC, a commodities brokerage subsidiary of CHS Inc.
Griffith grew up on a corn, soybean and livestock farm in southwestern Minnesota and during his high school years, worked part-time at a local grain elevator. Today, he is a results oriented, respected leader who champions long-term origination and develops strong, customer-focused teams to monitor market trends for opportunities that drive revenue growth and add stakeholder value across all global origination offices and operations.
Prior roles at CHS grain marketing include vice president, Grain Marketing North America, vice president and merchandising manager, senior durum manager, procurement merchandiser, and assistant barley merchandiser.
Leadership positions outside CHS include vice president, supply chain, and vice president, global sourcing at American Italian Pasta Company, Kansas City, Mo., and vice president and chief procurement officer for Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.
Griffith earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., and a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo. He is a member of many trade associations and serves in leadership positions for the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (chair, personnel and compensation committee), and the North American Export Grain Association. He also serves as the board chairman for CHS Hedging, LLC.