Gerald Auer is the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Crop Science, a Division of Bayer and Head of Business Planning and Administration (BPA) for North America.
Gerald was born and raised in southern Germany. He attended college at the University of Marburg, in Germany, where he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He has worked for Bayer and its predecessor companies since 1999.
Gerald started his career in 1997, in Panama City, as a Personal Assistant to the Managing Director at Stern & Company, an offshore finance consultancy supporting private and company tax management. In 1999, he took a job as a Business Analyst for Bayer-predecessor company Rhone-Poulenc Agro Europe GmbH, located in Duesseldorf, Germany. In this role, he was responsible for operational controlling for Region Europe, as well as Y2K coordination for NON-IT systems.
At the end of 1999, he moved to Leverkusen, Germany, where he worked in Controlling and Accounting for Rhodia Silicons GmbH. He then moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where he worked for Aventis Environmental Science as the Corporate Controlling Manager.
Gerald then worked in Global Controlling and Reporting for Crop Science in Monheim, Germany, beginning in 2002. In this role, he was responsible for Crop Science internal reporting toward the Executive Committee and the Bayer Group, including the overall Crop Science budget and forecast processes and implementing reporting standards.
From 2005 to 2007, Gerald served in Business Operations Controlling for North and Latin America. In late 2007, he was named Head of Headquarters and Global Functions Controlling. In 2013, Gerald became Head of R&D Controlling. In that role, he served as the interface between R&D, BPA, and Bayer Group central functions for all financial requirements and questions, and alignment on the financial performance of R&D.
Gerald moved to Research Triangle Park in July 2014 to serve in his current role.