MOSCOW (MRC) -- Following the economic and legal separation of Covestro, Bayer is charting the course for its successful development as a Life Science company, said the company on its site.
Supervisory Board approved the reorganization proposed by the Board of Management. From January 1, 2016, the company’s business will be managed by three divisions: Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science. The present structure of a strategic management holding company and operational subgroups will be replaced by an integrated organization under the umbrella of the strong Bayer brand.
In the new organization, the Board of Management of Bayer AG will also hold overall responsibility for business operations. For this reason, the Supervisory Board resolved to appoint the heads of the divisions - Dieter Weinand (Pharmaceuticals), Erica Mann (Consumer Health) and Liam Condon (Crop Science) - to the Board of Management effective January 1, 2016. On the same date, Dr. Hartmut Klusik will also join the Board of Management of Bayer AG as the new Labor Director and Board member responsible for Human Resources, Technology and Sustainability. He will succeed Michael Konig, who has requested that his contract not be extended.
As part of the reorganization, the Bayer HealthCare subgroup will be dissolved. The Radiology business will be assigned to the Pharmaceuticals Division. Consumer Health will comprise the present Consumer Care Division. The Bayer CropScience subgroup will become the Crop Science Division. As a business unit, Animal Health will report directly to Liam Condon.
The divisions are to focus on core competencies close to their businesses - research and development, production, and sales & marketing. They will be supported by integrated functions such as Human Resources and Procurement, and by global services. Within this context, Bayer’s existing Technology Services company will become the Engineering & Technology function. Bayer Business Services, the company in which information technology and business support services are bundled, will remain a separate legal entity that is to see further expansion.
This greater integration will also be reflected in Bayer’s brand architecture. In the future, the company will focus exclusively on the Bayer corporate brand and its product brands. The divisions will not have separate brand identities.
As MRC informed earlier, the plan for Bayer MaterialScience to become a separate company was announced in September 2014.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials. As an innovation company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer's products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2014, the Group employed 118,900 people and had sales of EUR 42.2 billion.