Chief Executive Officer, Bayer AG
Dr. Marijn Dekkers has been a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG since January 1, 2010. He has been appointed by the Supervisory Board to succeed Werner Wenning as Chairman of the Board of Management effective October 1, 2010. Before joining Bayer AG, Dekkers was President and CEO of the U.S. laboratory equipment manufacturer Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts.
In addition to his work on the Bayer AG Board of Management, Dekkers served as interim head of the Bayer HealthCare subgroup from May 1 until August 14, 2010.
Born on September 22, 1957 in the Dutch city of Tilburg, Dekkers studied chemistry and chemical engineering at the universities of Nijmegen and Eindhoven. After gaining a Ph.D. in 1985, he began his career as a scientist at the corporate research center of General Electric in Schenectady, New York; USA. Two years later, Dekkers transferred to the GE Plastics research facility at Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands. In 1988 he returned to the corporate research center to become head of polymer materials research. After that he held further management positions in various polymers units of GE.
In 1995 Dekkers joined Allied Signal (subsequently Honeywell International Inc.) in Morristown, New Jersey. In the period through the end of 1999 he headed this company’s Specialty Films and Fluorine Chemicals business groups and then the Electronic Materials division in San José in California’s Silicon Valley.
In 2000 Marijn Dekkers accepted an offer from Boston-based Thermo Electron Corporation, one of the world’s leading specialist manufacturers of laboratory instruments. There he initially served as Chief Operating Officer. Two years later he was appointed the company’s President and CEO. In 2006 Thermo Electron acquired the larger company Fisher Scientific, a supplier of laboratory consumables, and was renamed Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Marijn Dekkers is married with three daughters. He holds both Dutch and U.S. citizenship.