Farm focus for newly-appointed Bayer heads

Bayer New Zealand has made two new senior appointments following the promotion of its former managing director, Holger Detje, to head its Crop Science business in South Korea.

Derek Bartlett, who heads the company’s New Zealand Animal Health division, is the new managing director for Bayer New Zealand, while Scott Hanson succeeds Detje’s second role as head of the New Zealand Crop Science division.

Both appointments have many years’ experience in the rural sector in New Zealand and overseas.

Bartlett has been with Bayer for 28 years, initially joining the company as a research officer at its South African Animal Health research farm.

Scott Hanson Bayer Crop Science NZ

He has since held senior roles in marketing and sales, and management in Germany, South Africa, Vietnam and Belgium, before moving to New Zealand four years ago. He retains his existing role as head of Bayer’s local Animal Health division.

Scott Hanson has been Bayer New Zealand’s Crop Science national sales manager for six years following a rural career in agrichemicals, fertiliser and animal health.

He has recently returned from a short term assignment in Bayer’s German headquarters where he worked on global Bayer sales and marketing initiatives.

With the farming and agricultural sectors being the largest part of Bayer’s business in New Zealand, both men are focused on delivering value to the sector.

“As New Zealand’s number one crop protection company, Bayer has an ongoing responsibility to ensure we bring new products to market that are going to make a difference to farmers,” says Hanson.

“My focus is not only on helping farmers increase their crop yields, but also to help deliver higher quality crops, especially for New Zealand’s export markets.”

Bartlett is likewise looking forward to his expanded role as managing director.

“It’s an exciting time to be heading Bayer New Zealand, especially as we have reorganised ourselves into a true life sciences company. We are the only company in the world to be simultaneously focused on improving the lives of people, plants and animals.

“That’s good news for the country’s farming sector. It’s a matter of harnessing our global innovation and making it applicable to New Zealand – across all our portfolios and markets,” adds Bartlett.