Bayer said it will divest its Environmental Science Professional business to focus on its core agricultural business. In the United States, this business unit includes Pest Management & Public Health, Turf & Ornamentals Management and Vegetation Management.
The company has appointed Gilles Galliou to lead the Environmental Science Professional business and divestment efforts, effective March 1. The company will be headquartered in Cary, NC, effective June 1. Galliou is currently Head of Commercial Operations for Bayer Vegetable Seeds Americas. He is also chairman of the board of directors of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Healthy Environment), a national association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders in pesticides and specialty fertilizers.
The move was made to “accelerate the implementation of the strategy of its Crop Science division,” the company said in a statement released this morning.
In an exclusive follow-up interview with Pest Control Professional (PMP), Galliou noted that professional pest control customers should not see any negative impact on their relationships with their Bayer manufacturer representative, product pipeline or customer service.
“We are their partners today and their partners tomorrow,” he said. PMP. “When the dust settles from this move, they will see an even more nimble business capable of accelerating innovation and growth with pest control companies. And personally, I guarantee that my priorities are my clients and my teams.“
Despite the staff and head office moves that took place in just a few weeks, Galliou said the actual breakdown of the Bayer unit will be more evident to the industry in mid-2022. At the annual industry conference Pestworld in November, he gives as an example, “the presence will be Bayer, while we work to refine the new independent company in the background. We are always committed to industry associations and are a steward of the industry.
The company made no comment when asked about a potential buyer because it is “too early to assess” any acquisition transaction, Galliou said. PMP. The Environmental Sciences Unit is currently valued at over $ 728 million per year.
Changes to the Crop Science division leadership team include:
- Dr. Jacqueline M. Applegate will lead the Crop Science North America region effective March 1. She currently heads the Division’s Environmental Sciences and Vegetable Seeds activities.
- Dr Jeremy Williams will lead Climate Corporation and Digital Farming effective March 15. He is currently Global Head of Plant Biotechnology at Crop Science.
- Tom Armitage will lead Global Communications for Crop Science, starting March 15.
In addition, Inci Dannenberg will lead the global vegetable seeds business Crop Science from March 1. She is currently responsible for global strategic marketing for vegetable seeds.
Bayer is a global leader in providing environmental solutions for pest, disease and weed control in non-agricultural areas such as vector control, professional pest control, industrial vegetation management, forestry, turf and ornamental plants.