Aaron JohnsonAs Farm Credit Illinois President & CEO Aaron Johnson enters the final months of his career before a year-end retirement, the farmers who serve on FCI’s Board of Directors are kicking off a national search for the next FCI CEO. December 31 will mark the end of Johnson’s nearly 40-year Farm Credit career.

“The Board of Directors is eager to work alongside FCI’s next CEO on strategic and business planning processes that set up our cooperative for future success,” says Steve Hettinger, FCI Board Chair and Champaign County farmer. “We plan to recruit a proven leader who is passionate about establishing and achieving association-wide goals, and skilled in navigating obstacles and capitalizing on opportunities.”

The CEO exhibits and implements visionary leadership, focuses on employee engagement and culture, and represents FCI’s core purpose of Helping Farm Families Succeed.

FCI is a farmer-owned lending cooperative headquartered in Mahomet, Illinois, with $7 billion of owned, managed, and collaborated loan assets and investments. FCI is owned by 18,900 farmer, rural landowner, and agribusiness members in the southern 60 counties of Illinois. FCI is one of 56 Farm Credit System Associations which collectively serve all 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.

The CEO job posting is available at Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to by June 15, 2024. Questions may be directed to Jay Lux, Vice President of Organizational Development at FCCS, at 651-982-4568 or



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