CHS, a farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business, has named James Zappa as general counsel, effective April 13. He will report to CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Carl Casale and serve as a member of the company's Strategic Leadership Team.

At CHS, he will provide counsel to CHS leadership and the CHS board on issues related to company strategy and its execution; corporate governance, and compliance with laws and regulations. He also will work with the CHS corporate finance team to ensure the company maintains the processes and infrastructure that ensure robust Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance, disclosure, and investor communications.

Zappa currently is associate general counsel and chief compliance officer for the 3M Compliance and Business Conduct Department. At 3M, Zappa leads 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.