People: Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE)
Dr. Marijn E. Dekkers has been Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bayer AG since October 1, 2010. He served as Member of the Management Board at the Company as of January 1, 2010. He began his career in the central research department of General Electric in Schenectady, New York. Two years later, Dr. Dekkers transferred to the GE Plastics research facility at Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands. In 1988 he returned to the corporate research center to become Head of polymer materials research. After that, Dr. Dekkers held further management positions in various polymers units of GE. In 1995 he joined Allied Signal (subsequently Honeywell International Inc.) in Morristown, New Jersey. In the period through the end of 1999 he headed this company’s Specialty Films and Fluorine Chemicals business groups and then the Electronic Materials division in San Jose in California’s Silicon Valley. In 2000 Dr. Dekkers accepted an offer from Boston-based Thermo Electron Corporation. There he initially served as Chief Operating Officer. Two years later he was appointed the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Dekkers received a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from University of Nijmegen and a Master degree as well as a Doctorate in Chemistry from Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
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