Dr. Jacqueline Applegate, a longtime executive with Bayer, has been named head of the corporation’s Environmental Science unit, the non-agricultural business operations division of Bayer CropScience. The Environmental Science unit includes a wide range of weed- and pest-control products marketed to professional landscaping companies as well as consumers.
Applegate, who will be based at the unit’s headquarter in Lyon, France, succeeds Dr. Gunnar Riemann, who has decided to leave the company to pursue other career opportunities. In her new role, Applegate will also become a member of the Bayer CropScience Executive Committee.
“We are absolutely delighted to have an executive with Jackie’s experience and talents lead Environmental Science at a time of exciting change and opportunity,” said Bayer CropScience CEO Liam Condon. “I also want to recognize and thank Dr. Riemann for his very valuable contributions and wish him all the best for the future.”
During her 23-year-career at Bayer, Applegate, 49, has held several management positions with Environmental Science, most notably as president of its North America business from 2010 to 2012. An American national, she first joined Environmental Science as head of global portfolio management located in Lyon in 2005 and became president of Bayer Advanced Consumer Lawn & Garden USA in 2007.
“I am delighted to return to Environmental Science and take on global responsibility for a business that helps foster healthy environments in which we all live, work and play,” Dr. Applegate says in a news release from Bayer.
She began her career with Bayer in 1992 in Kansas City, Missouri, as process development chemist in product supply. In addition to her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University, Applegate holds an MBA from Rockhurst University, Executive Fellows Program.