09 November 2021, Leverkusen: The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG has appointed Rodrigo Santos (48) to the company’s Board of Management and the position of President of the Crop Science division, effective January 1, 2022. Santos will succeed Liam Condon (53), who has informed the Supervisory Board that, in order to pursue career opportunities outside of Bayer, he wishes to bring forward the end date of his contract with the company from December 31, 2023 to December 31, 2021. Santos is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Crop Science Division of Bayer and responsible for the global commercial operations of the company’s agriculture business. “We are extremely pleased that Rodrigo Santos will assume leadership of our Crop Science business, bringing more than 25 years of experience in agriculture to the role. Rodrigo Santos is a very customer centric leader, with a strong capacity for execution and innovation,” said Prof. Dr. Norbert Winkeljohann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG.
“The Crop Science Division is extremely well positioned to set industry standards in terms of innovation and sustainability. The focus will now be to build on this foundation in the coming years in order to fully realize the significant potential for value creation,” Winkeljohann added. “We would like to warmly thank Liam Condon for his achievements during over 30 years at Bayer. Over the past nine years, he has successfully led and strategically transformed the Crop Science Division. We wish him all the very best for the future.”
Santos has been Chief Operating Officer of Bayer’s Crop Science division since June 2021. After the acquisition of Monsanto in 2018, he led the Crop Science business in Latin America. A Brazilian national, Santos has spent 23 years with the company in sales, marketing, strategy, and business development roles located in Brazil, the United States and Eastern Europe. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz – ESALQ/USP and holds a Master of Business Administration from FGV/Ohio University. Santos is married with three children.