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Handover at Bayer


Leverkusen, – Some 300 guests from industry, politics, sport and the Bayer world bade farewell to Werner Wenning at a festive gathering in Leverkusen. Wenning – retiring after nearly 45 years with the company – handed a relay baton made of Bayer’s Makrolon plastic to Dr. Marijn Dekkers, the new Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG. The baton contains a note which reads: “Mr. Dekkers, to be truly happy you need three things: someone you love, a challenging task and a great deal of hope. I believe you have all these things. Your predecessor Werner Wenning.” The passing of the baton from one CEO to the next is a Bayer tradition. This baton was first handed by Professor Herbert Grünewald to Hermann-Josef Strenger in 1984. Inside it are all the notes containing handwritten messages from each CEO to his successor.


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