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Heiko Schipper to join Bayer Board of Management and head Consumer Health Division

The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG has appointed Heiko Schipper (48) to the Board of Management of Bayer AG effective 1st March 2018.

He will succeed Erica Mann as the head of the Consumer Health Division, which is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.

Ms Mann has announced that she does not intend to extend her contract, which was scheduled to run until 31st December 2018. As it has been possible to find a successor at an earlier date, Ms Mann has asked the Supervisory Board to be able to hand over leadership of the Consumer Health business and leave the company effective 31st March 2018.

Mr Schipper is Deputy Executive Vice President of Nestlé S.A. and a member of its Executive Board based in Vevey, Switzerland. He is Head of Nestlé Nutrition, the global leader in the infant nutrition category with sales of €8.8 billion. He started his career as an international marketing trainee at Nestlé 21 years ago and held key management positions in Southeast Asia, Switzerland and China.

He has held global responsibility for Nestlé’s infant nutrition division since 2013. "Heiko Schipper has extensive international experience in the consumer market. We are convinced that he will successfully lead Bayer’s Consumer Health business," said Werner Wenning, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG. Mr Wenning thanked Erica Mann for her work in expanding the business in recent years. "Bayer today is one of the leading companies in the self-medication market. Ms Mann has contributed substantially to this development. We would like to wish her all the best for the future."

Heiko Schipper was born on 21st August 1969, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He completed his Master in Business Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Starting in 1994, he acquired his first professional experience at Heineken. He joined Nestlé as an international marketing trainee in 1996, developing his career in sales and marketing management roles in Bangladesh and Indonesia and at the company’s global headquarters in Switzerland.

He then took up general management roles of increasing importance in the Philippines and, from 2007 to 2013, in the Greater China Region with the aim of developing Nestlé’s position in this key market. In 2013, Schipper moved back to Switzerland to lead the global Infant Nutrition Division, a business with both consumer and medical characteristics. He was appointed to the Nestlé Group Executive Board in October 2014.