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Dr. Günter Bachlechner
Technology DevelopmentBayer Technology Services GmbH
Dr. Günter Bachlechner has led the Technology Development (formerly Process Technology) division of Bayer Technology Services since July, 2011.
Dr. Bachlechner was born in Villach, Austria, in 1956, and studied chemistry at the University of Vienna, where he also obtained his doctorate and served as Assistant. He began his Bayer career in 1987 with Bayer Crop Protection, Environmental Research, in Monheim (Germany). He joined Portfolio Management as a project manager in 1994; in 2000 he was appointed Operating Officer and Head of the Development Division at Nihon Bayer Agrochem in Tokyo, Japan. He then worked in Industrial Operations at Bayer CropScience before returning to Research, where he has been responsible for Research Product Technology since 2004 and Research Technologies since 2011.
Dr. Bachlechner is married and has three children.
Human ResourcesBayer Technology Services GmbH
Elke Bartl has led the division Human Resources of Bayer Technology Services since June 1st, 2013.
Born in Bonn, Germany, on January 18th,1969, Elke Bartl studied business administration with a focus on human resources and marketing at the University of Paderborn.
She worked in numerous HR positions at Schlumberger in Karlsruhe and Hanover before joining IBM in 1999 to assume HR leadership roles in England, France, Hungary and Germany.
Bartl served as Head of HR//direct since July 1, 2006, and thus played a major role in the reorganization of human resources administration at Bayer according to the shared services concept.
BTS AsiaBayer Technology and Engineering Services
(Shanghai) Co., Ltd.,Shanghai, China
Wolfgang Eickhoff (59) has become Member of the BTS Management Committee and Head of BTS ASIA as well as Managing Director of Bayer Technology and Engineering (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (BTES) effective April 1st, 2015.
Born on April 22nd, 1955 in Hoexter (Germany), Wolfgang Eickhoff studied chemical engineering at the University for Applied Sciences in Krefeld (Germany).
After entering Bayer in 1982 as Process Engineer in Central Engineering (today: BTS Project Management & Engineering) in Krefeld-Uerdingen (Germany) he implemented computer aided design (CAD) technologies and led successfully many capital expenditures (capex) projects from basic engineering to start-up for Bayer´s business unit Chemicals (today: Lanxess).
In 1996 he transferred to Chemicals plant operation before he joined BTS again in 2003 as Group Head Project Management & Engineering-Chemicals.
Since 2005 he works in Shanghai as program manager and has very successfully completed the BMS mega capex project TDI. Until end of March 2015 he has worked as program manager for BMS Makro Tiger project Polycarbonates Expansion.
BTS AmericasBayer Business and Technology Services LLC
Baytown, Texas, USA
Helmut Engels is ad interim Regional Head of Bayer Technology Services Americas since August 1, 2015.
Engels studied process engineering and economics at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and joined the Bayer AG Central Engineering division, one of the predecessor organizations to BTS, in Leverkusen in 1987. He then assumed increasing levels of responsibility at various Engineering units, including in the United States. In 2005 he transferred to BMS, where he has headed the unit BMS-PUR-Production & Technology Isocyanates APAC in Shanghai since 2009. He rejoined BTS in 2013 and currently leads Bayer CropScience´s capital expenditure project Glufosinate Ammonium (GA) in USA and Germany.
Dr. Jürgen Hinderer
Project Management & EngineeringBayer Technology Services GmbH
Dr. Jürgen Hinderer has led the Project Management & Engineering (formerly Engineering) division of Bayer Technology Services since January 1st, 2011.
Dr. Hinderer was born in Welzheim in 1964, and studied chemistry at Stuttgart University. After obtaining his doctorate at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TU HH), he began his career at Bayer in 1995 in the Technical Development-Formulating Technology department in Leverkusen. After working as head of the staff department in the Polyurethanes Technology segment in Dormagen he was appointed Head of Global Product Management Polyether-Polyols in Leverkusen. In 2002 he took over as head of Propylene Oxide Asset Management and Polyether Polyols Masterplanning in Pittsburgh (United States). Since 2006 he has had global responsibility for the Safety & Technology department in the Industrial Operations Business Unit of Bayer MaterialScience.
Dr. Hinderer is married and has one daughter.
Dr. Dirk Van Meirvenne
GeschäftsführerBayer Technology Services GmbH
Dr. Dirk Van Meirvenne is the managing director of the Bayer Technology Services GmbH.
Dr. Dirk Van Meirvenne was born on September 19, 1963 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, and studied polymer chemistry at the University of Ghent, Belgium. In 1990 he joined Bayer Antwerpen N.V., Belgium, where he worked in titanium dioxide production until 1997, latterly as plant manager. He subsequently transferred to the plastics unit where he was responsible for polycarbonate production in Antwerp until 2001. Van Meirvenne subsequently served as site manager in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, which at that time was being expanded to become Bayer’s largest production center for polycarbonates in Asia.
Just over a year later he was appointed Head of Global Operations, Polycarbonates at Bayer Polymers in Krefeld-Uerdingen. When Bayer MaterialScience was formed in 2004, he was appointed Global Head of Production and Technology in the Polycarbonates business unit. Since 2007 Van Meirvenne has served as Global Head of Production and Technology, Isocyanates, at Bayer MaterialScience in Leverkusen. In this capacity he was responsible for the construction of the MDI and TDI facilities in Caojing near Shanghai, China.
Dr. Van Meirvenne is married and has three children.
Dr. Walter Schepers
Business Planning & SupportBayer Technology Services GmbH
Dr. Walter Schepers has led the Business Planning & Support (Business Planning & Services) division of Bayer Technology Services since October 1, 2002.
Dr. Schepers was born 1955 in Gladbeck, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering, specializing in thermodynamics, at RWTH Aachen. He began his professional career in 1986 in the plant engineering area of Bayer AG. In this position, he was responsible for a variety of projects, among them a major construction project in Tarragona, Spain, where he was the project engineer.
Dr. Schepers then moved into the energy supply area and managed several power plants in Leverkusen. In 1999, he was appointed head of staff of Bayer’s Central Technology Group.
Dr. Schepers is married with three children.
Dr. Klaus Sommer
Customer & Product ManagementBayer Technology Services GmbH, Leverkusen
Dr. Klaus Sommer has led the Customer & Product Management (formerly Business Management) division of Bayer Technology Services since October 1st, 2002.
He studied physics in Bonn, Germany, and London and joined Bayer AG in 1987. His career began in the physics area of the central research department. During the first few years, he worked in product research and optimization and also handled process and production problems, such as on-line monitoring, production quality assurance, and process data analysis.
Dr. Sommer then moved to Pittsburgh, USA, to work in the polymers area of Bayer Corporation for seven years. His responsibilities there led to his appointment to head of research in the polyurethane business group. During this time he gained experience in the area of technical marketing. He was also responsible for process research, an area closely related to production.
In 2001, Dr. Sommer returned to the Bayer AG Central Research Department as head of the physics department.
Dr. Sommer is married with two children.
Dr. Thomas Steckenreiter
Operation Support & SafetyBayer Technology Services GmbH
Steckenreiter has led the Operation Support & Safety division of Bayer Technology Services since July 1, 2013.
Dr. Thomas Steckenreiter was born in Offenbach/Main, Germany, in 1965, and studied chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt, where he also obtained his doctorate and served as assistant lecturer. After submitting his dissertation in 1997, he started his career as product manager at Mettler Toledo, before joining Endress+Hauser in 2001, holding various positions with global responsibility. The focus of his work was always on process analysis technology, with the goal of improving product quality and process safety and efficiency as part of a holistic review of processes.