CHS taps new leader for European operations

by Eric Schroeder
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ST. PAUL, MINN. — Roger Baker has been named vice-president and general manager of CHS Europe. Mr. Baker will assume many of the responsibilities of Claudio Scarrozza, senior vice-president and chief executive officer of CHS Europe. Mr. Scarrozza is retiring but will remain with the company through December 2013 and serve as a consultant through calendar 2014.

Mr. Scarrozza joined CHS in May 2007 as senior vice-president and general manager of the company’s first European office at Geneva. Over the course of his career, he established eight new CHS global offices, met with foreign dignitaries and government officials, and orchestrated and navigated complex Black Sea region acquisitions, joint ventures and business relationships.

“Scarrozza has an incredible capacity to first envision the big picture and then lay the ground work to create traction in some very challenging environments and regions of the world,” said Mark Palmquist, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, Ag Business, CHS.

Mr. Palmquist said Mr. Baker will lead the next chapter of CHS Europe. He will be responsible for daily business management, grain merchandising operations and overall profitability.

“We are confident that Roger’s strong management acumen, merchandising savvy, deep knowledge of CHS best practices and intense customer focus will greatly contribute to future success,” Mr. Palmquist said.

Mr. Baker joined CHS in 1994 as procurement merchandiser and later led the company’s global wheat desk. In August 2011, he was named CHS Europe senior merchandiser and relocated to Geneva.

He received a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture business from Iowa State University at Ames.

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