Dr. Dirk Backhaus serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and as Head of Product Supply for the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in Monheim, Germany, Backhaus oversees the planning, manufacturing and delivery of Crop Science products and solutions worldwide.
With over 20 years of experience at Bayer, Backhaus has had the opportunity to work in many different roles. After beginning his career as a Lab Chemist, he served as Plant Manager at a production plant in Dormagen, Germany and as Management Support for the Head of Industrial Operations within Crop Science. Later, he relocated to Shanghai to lead the Product Supply Organization in China and Regional Supply Organization in Asia Pacific. In 2008, following the consolidation of all global Supply Chain activities, Backhaus returned to Germany to head the Supply Chain Management & Strategy function within Product Supply. He holds a Doctorate in chemistry from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen and completed post-doctoral studies at The Ohio State University.
Backhaus lives in Cologne, Germany, with his wife and two sons. In his time outside of work, you can find him sailing, jogging and kick-boxing.