CISO & VP of IT Security, Productivity & Privacy
Fortune 500 Rank
Sarah Engstrom is an influential and dynamic leader in the field of cybersecurity, serving as the CISO & Vice President of IT Security, Productivity, and Privacy at CHS Inc. Her leadership extends beyond managing cybersecurity risks to advocating for productivity and privacy within the organization. Sarah's career is marked by her passion for helping others, whether it's in delivering challenging projects, developing leadership qualities, or fostering a sense of connection and engagement in teams. She is recognized for her genuine dedication, which has earned her trust and respect both professionally and personally. Her expertise includes leading global teams, establishing new programs and processes, and successfully managing program-level efforts. Her strong work ethic, developed early on through her parents' influence and involvement in athletics through college, has been fundamental to her leadership style. Sarah emphasizes the importance of team building and morale, implementing these values daily through trust, open communication, and mindful leadership. Her unique skill set and traits make her a distinguished senior leader in IT and Security. In addition to her professional pursuits, Sarah is a dedicated advocate for health and wellness, working as a yoga and fitness instructor. She integrates this passion into the workplace, motivating and supporting her colleagues to be their best selves, thereby enhancing their professional productivity. Sarah's professional journey at CHS Inc. began in 2015, and she has held multiple roles within the company, including CISO and IT Director of Productivity, before taking on her current role. Before joining CHS Inc., she spent 13 years at Target, where she held various positions, including Senior Group Manager and Manager of Target Technology Services. Her tenure at Target was marked by significant achievements in security awareness, risk assessment, and technology service management. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Connecticut, where she was also actively involved in the volleyball program. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), emphasizing her expertise in the field.