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Matthias Berninger

Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability

Bayer, US

Matthias joined the newly formed Global Chocolate Management Team of Mars in 2009 and supported Mars Chocolate in communication, sustainability, and strategy development.

As of 2011, Matthias led the global public affairs organization for Mars globally. In his role, he was instrumental in developing the Mars sustainability strategy including the leadership on climate change, cocoa sustainability, and in establishing sustainability KPIs for the companies’ leadership circle. Matthias worked closely with the Mars family and board on many issues and supported Mars’ business strategy development including leading the privately held company’s China ambition.

After 12 years with Mars, Matthias joined Bayer in January 2019 as Senior Vice President for Public Affairs & Sustainability. In his new role, he has strengthened Bayer’s global public affairs practice and leads the development of a coherent global sustainability strategy that has been be published in December 2019.

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