Dr Marijn Dekkers has been chairman of Bayer AGs Group Board of Management since October 1, 2010. Born on September 22, 1957 in the Dutch city of Tilburg, Dekkers studied chemistry and chemical engineering.
He began his professional career in 1985 as a scientist at the corporate research center of General Electric in the United States, gaining experience in various units of the company before joining AlliedSignal (subsequently Honeywell International Inc.) in 1995. In 2000 Dr Dekkers became Chief Operating Officer of Thermo Electron Corporation, the worlds leading manufacturer of laboratory instruments (later renamed Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. following the acquisition of laboratory supplier Fisher Scientific). As of 2002 he served as this companys President and CEO.
After 25 years of his career spent in the United States he joined Bayer on January 1, 2010. Dr Dekkers is a member of the Board of Directors of General Electric in the United States. He is Vice President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), Frankfurt, and member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), Berlin. Dr Dekkers is also a member of the Business Council and the Business Roundtable, two U.S.-based associations of business leaders and CEOs of leading US companies. Dr Dekkers is married and has three daughters. He holds both Dutch and U.S. citizenship.