Dr Volker Mirgel is a former Bayer senior vice president and member of Bayer’s Global Leadership Team. Dr Mirgel was born in Cologne, Germany. He is a citizen of Germany and the United States of America and after receiving his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cologne, he joined the German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG. During his 34-year career with Bayer, Dr Mirgel served in multiple technical, marketing and general management functions in Europe, Asia Pacific and the United States. In 2013, he retired from Bayer and serves as an independent consultant for executive clients in the chemical and advanced materials industry.