Leadership, responsibility, representation – our management expertise for your individual requirements.
Dr. Armin Knors
Managing DirectorBayer Technology Services GmbH
Dr. Armin Knors is the Managing Director of Bayer Technology Services GmbH (BTS) since January 1st, 2016.
Born September 10th, 1963 in St. Toenis (Germany) Dr. Armin Knors attended the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Germany), earning a degree in mechanical engineering and industrial metalworking. He launched his professional career in 1988 as Head of Welding in the Central Technology Division in Dormagen (Germany) rapidly taking on responsibility for managing polymer capital expenditure projects both in Germany and abroad. He continued his study of mechanical engineering part-time at Zwickau University of Applied Sciences, and ultimately received his doctorate from Chemnitz University of Technology, both in Germany. He transferred to China in 1998, where he assumed increasing responsibility for polymer capital expenditure projects. Since 2003 he developed as Managing Director of Bayer Technology and Engineering (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. together with Covestro the polymer site at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park and expanded the BTS ASIA office from just 20 employees to over 700 in peak times. In 2009 Dr. Knors transferred to Bayer CropScience (BCS) in Monheim, Germany, where he became Head of Global Engineering; in 2011 he was named Head of Global Purchasing and in June 2014 he became Head of BCS Technology, Investment & Site Support.
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.
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.
Business Planning & SupportBayer Technology Services GmbH
Ralph Herbst has been Head of Business Planning & Support and a member of the Management Committee of Bayer Technology Services since January 1, 2016.
Ralph Herbst was born on January 25, 1972, in Hannover, Germany. He studied process engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. He also completed the MBA program at the Rotterdam School of Business. In 1998 he began his professional career with the department ZT-ENG Chemicals as a project manager and process engineer for, among other things, rubber, polycarbonate and specialty chemicals plants in Leverkusen and Antwerp, Belgium. He transferred to Leverkusen in 2003, where he was Senior Business Manager in Bayer Technology Services’ Customer & Product Management (CPM) division. Beginning in 2005, he assumed staff and business functions with increasing levels of responsibility at Covestro, including as an assistant to the Board of Management and in Corporate Development. He served as Vice President in charge of New Markets at Covestro from 2009 to 2012 before transferring to Bayer Technology Services as Head of Business Line Technology at CPM in 2013.
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. 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.
Business Planning & SupportBayer Technology Services GmbH
Ralf Schneider is Global HR Business Partner – Corporate Functions – Procurement/Technology since January 1st, 2016 and member of the Management Committee of Bayer Technology Services.
Ralf Schneider was born in Leverkusen, Germany, on April 14, 1964. He joined Bayer in 1985 as part of his vocational training as an administrative assistant and junior business administrator. He began his professional career in 1987 as a buyer in the Central Procurement Department. Following a variety of positions in Procurement in Germany and the United States with increasing levels of responsibility, he was named Managing Director of Dynevo GmbH, Leverkusen, in 2002. In 2007 he assumed leadership of Product Supply Site Procurement Germany at the former subgroup Bayer HealthCare (BHC). In 2011 he became Head of Global Talent Management at BHC.
BTS AmericasBayer Business and Technology Services LLC
Baytown, Texas, USA
William Seaton is Regional Head of Bayer Technology Services Americas since March 1, 2016.
Seaton studied mechanical engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technolog y before earning his MBA from Maryville University. He began his professional career as a project engineer with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. After five years, he moved on to work for a number of companies in the U.S.A. and France, including BioMérieux, Inc., St. Louis, in positions of increasing responsibility in the fields of production and engineering. Seaton has worked for Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, St. Louis, since 2004, most recently as Vice President Global Engineering and Operational Excellence.