Jim Zappa is executive vice president and general counsel for CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business. In his role, Zappa provides counsel to CHS leadership and the CHS Board of Directors on issues related to company strategy and its execution; corporate governance, and compliance with laws and regulations, including the CHS global compliance program. He also works with the CHS corporate finance team to ensure the company maintains the processes and infrastructure that support robust Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting and compliance, disclosure and investor communications.
Zappa joined CHS in April 2015 after serving as vice president, associate general counsel and chief compliance officer for the 3M Compliance and Business Conduct Department. In that position, he led a global legal team responsible for overall corporate compliance and business conduct. He previously served as vice president, associate general counsel, International Operations, working with 3M global subsidiaries and business operations. His career also included serving as counsel to the 3M Board’s Compensation Committee, assistant general counsel for consumer and office business and human resources; and counsel and assistant general counsel for labor and employment law.
Prior to joining 3M, he worked for UnitedHealth Group and for the law firm Dorsey & Whitney.
Zappa earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, a master’s degree in communication arts and sciences from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree from Drake University. He is an active community volunteer and currently serves as a director for the Boy Scouts of America, NorthernStar Council.