Member of the Board - Bayer CropScience Limited

Richard van der Merwe

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Richard van der Merwe is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director and CEO of Bayer CropScience Ltd. Based at the India headquarters in Thane, Richard has been responsible for the Bayer Group business activities in South Asia since February 2014.


Richard started his career with Bayer in 1985 in Bayer South Africa. He was there till June 1993 as Manager – Finance and Controlling, after which he moved to Leverkusen, the Bayer Group headquarters in July 1993 as an Internal Auditor. In January 1995, Richard returned to South Africa and was appointed Group Human Resources and Administration Manager. Richard was appointed the Managing Director of Bayer Zimbabwe (Pty) Ltd. in July 1996. He then went on to become the Chief Executive and Country Head for the then Bayer Polymers division. From July 2004 to August 2009, Richard was Chief Executive (Senior Bayer Representative) for the Bayer Group in Southern Africa, as well as Head South & Southern Africa for Bayer CropScience.


From September 2009 to February 2014, Richard has been the Senior Bayer Representative for the Region Cono Sur comprising of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay, and was based in Argentina. He additionally held responsibility for the Bayer HealthCare business in the region and headed the Finance & Administration functions as well.


During his career in Bayer, Richard has led workgroups for many businesses such as agro, healthcare and high tech materials. He has successfully executed projects with new markets, corporate mergers and innovative launches.


Richard studied Finance and Administration at South African University and has a degree in International Finance Administration. He is also a Chartered Accountant.