Richard van der Merwe
Senior Bayer Representative for South Asia and
Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Bayer CropScience Limited,India
Richard van der Merwe is Senior Bayer Representative for Bayer South Asia and Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Bayer CropScience Limited, India. Based at Bayer’s India head quarters in Thane, Richard has been responsible for the Bayer Group's business activities in South Asia since February 2014.
Richard started his career with Bayer in1985 in Bayer South Africa. He was there till June 1993 as Manager – Finance and Controlling, after which he moved to Leverkusen, the Bayer Group head quarters in July 1993 as an Internal Auditor. In January 1995, Richard returned to South Africa and was appointed Group Human Resources and Administration Manager. He then went on to become the Chief Executive and Country Head for the then Bayer Polymers division. From July 2004 to August 2009, Richard was Chief Executive (Senior Bayer Representative) for the Bayer Group in Southern Africa, as well as Head South & Southern Africa for Bayer Crop Science.
From September 2009 to February 2014, Richard was the Senior Bayer Representative and CFO for the Region Cono Sur comprising of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay based in Buenos Aires.
During his career in Bayer, Richard has led work groups for many businesses such as agro, health care and high tech materials. He has successfully executed projects with new markets, corporate mergers and innovative launches.
Richard studied Finance and Administration at South African University and has a degree in International Finance Administration. He is also a Chartered Accountant.