Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bayer Announces Promotions of Pete Comis and Walt Weinwurm

Environmental Science, a business unit of Bayer CropScience LP, is pleased to announce that Pete Comis and Walt Weinwurm have been promoted to National Account Manager and Key Account Manager, respectively.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (June 2, 2011) – Environmental Science, a business unit of Bayer CropScience LP, is pleased to announce that Pete Comis and Walt Weinwurm have been promoted to National Account Manager and Key Account Manager, respectively.

Pete Comis is a 27-year veteran of the pest control industry who began his career at Bayer in 1996.  He served as a Field Sales Representative in the Mid-Atlantic region for both the turf & ornamental (T&O) and professional pest management (PPM) sides of Bayer’s business for several years before focusing his efforts solely on PPM in 2000.  Comis was promoted to Eastern Regional Sales Manager in 2003, and then to National Sales Manager in 2007.  His new position as National Account Manager will enable him to build upon his success, increasing Bayer’s share within the PPM business on a national level, as he continues to build and develop relationships, pursue partnerships, and drive opportunities within the sales force.  Comis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences from Penn State University.

Walt Weinwurm is entering his 15th year in the crop science industry.  He began his career in the consumer branding group at AgrEvo, a company which later became Aventis and was then purchased by Bayer.  In 1998, Weinwurm switched over to the PPM business as a Technical Sales Specialist in the Southeast region, a role he held for 13 years.  In his new position as Key Account Manager, Weinwurm is primarily responsible for maintaining key customer relationships with pest management professionals (PMPs) and developing programs that will enable the sales force to partner and work more closely with PMPs locally.  He will also execute account analysis in addition to researching and implementing strategic approaches to enhancing Bayer’s customers’ businesses.  Weinwurm holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia.

“On behalf of the entire Environmental Science team, we’re thrilled to announce these promotions,” said Chris Pienaar, Director, Professional Pest Management.  “Both are longtime employees of Bayer that have served the company in various capacities throughout their careers, and we look forward to their continued leadership in their new roles.”

Bayer CropScience is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscience.us.

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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Email: kbitting@tierneyagency.com

Beth Roden
External Communications Lead
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth.roden@bayercropscience.com

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