Sarah Bovim
Sarah Bovim

Sarah Bovim, who was senior VP-government affairs and public policy at the Albertsons supermarket chain, has joined CHS Inc., the giant agribusiness cooperative, as VP government affairs.

She succeeds Jim Zappa, who is retiring next month.

Bovim joined Albertsons in 2021 after a 15-year run in Whirlpool’s government relations unit.

Albertsons, which operates Safeway, Vons, Jewel Osco Shaw’s, Albertsons, Acme, Kings, Lucky and Tom Thumb supermarkets, agreed to a $25B merger with Kroger last October.

That deal faces serious scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission following concern by antitrust groups and heavy opposition from community groups and labor unions who fear rising food prices and store consolidations in the event the merger goes through.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Bovim served as a senior trade negotiator at the Office of the US Trade Representative.

Based in St Paul, CHS is listed on the NASDAQ. It earned $1.7B on $47.8B revenues for fiscal 2022.