Karl Thoene will join CHS as vice president of CHS Animal Nutrition on June 1.
“I look forward to Karl’s leadership of the CHS Animal Nutrition business, as he focuses on continuing the growth and operational excellence of that business,” says Rick Dusek, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations. “Karl is a results-driven leader with passion for agriculture and a track record of developing winning cultures and teams focused on customers.”
Thoene will lead and coach the CHS Animal Nutrition leadership team in creating, executing and monitoring a strategic business plan aligned with CHS Country Operations and CHS enterprise goals and objectives. He will lead growth and profitability by developing, implementing and driving sales and marketing programs.
Thoene joins CHS from Cargill, where he founded and led the sales center of excellence for Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health. He created the vision and plan to build best-in-class commercial capabilities for a decentralized global sales organization of more than 4,500 professionals and managers.
Thoene joined Cargill after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has held progressively responsible roles throughout his 20-plus years with the organization. After building a foundation of P&L, commodity risk management, feed formulation, sales management, customer service and more, Thoene was named managing director of animal nutrition for the company’s western region in 2008 and later, moved to a role leading diverse global account teams of nutritionists, account managers and product experts before taking on leadership of the sales center of excellence.
“As a member of the CHS Country Operations leadership team, Karl will report directly to me,” Dusek says. “He will work closely with Ed Mallett, who has guided the business on an interim basis for the past several months. Please join me in welcoming Karl to CHS and thanking Ed for his interim leadership.”