November 14, 2018

Bayer announces new leadership for South Asia

Duraiswami (D) Narain appointed as Senior Bayer Representative for South Asia / Simon-Thorsten Wiebusch appointed as Chief Operating Officer for the Crop Science Division of Bayer in India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka

Mumbai, November 14, 2018: Duraiswami (D) Narain has been appointed as the Senior Bayer Representative for South Asia and Vice Chairman & Managing Director for Bayer CropScience Limited, with effect from December 1, 2018. He succeeds Richard van der Merwe, who will retire from Bayer after a 33 year-long tenure spanning several global markets.

In his new role, D Narain will be based in Mumbai and will also be responsible for Bayer’s Global Smallholder Farming initiative, which aims to provide holistic and innovative solutions for smallholder farmers in developing economies to enable them to grow their farms into sustainable businesses.

D Narain started his career in Monsanto in 1998 in India and went on to handle various international and global roles. He has more than three decades of global experience in the agriculture sector. Most recently, he held the role of Vice President & Treasurer at Monsanto, based at the company’s global headquarters at St. Louis in USA.

In June 2018, Bayer completed the USD 63 billion acquisition of Monsanto to create the world's biggest agrochemical and seed company. In India, both Bayer and Monsanto are listed entities. The legal process for the integration of both entities has been initiated and is expected to be completed in approximately one year, subject to requisite approvals.

“Bayer is commited to support India’s growth story by bringing in world-class technologies and delivering trusted innovations in Crop Protection, Seeds, Environmental Science, Animal Health and Pharmaceuticals. Bayer has been in the country for more than 120 years and our purpose: 'Science For A Better Life' guides us in advancing health and nutrition for India’s growing population. Together with our partners, we are developing innovative solutions and will continue to maintain our strong customer focus,” says D.Narain.

Bayer has also appointed Simon-Thorsten Wiebusch as the Chief Operating Officer for the Crop Science Division of Bayer in India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka. Simon has more than two decades of experience in markets across Eastern Europe and Asia. Prior to this, Simon was the Chief Executive Officer for Bayer’s Crop Science Division in South East Asia and was based in Thailand.

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