Master of Science in Phytopathology and Business Administration, Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands.
With Plant Protection Service, Netherlands. Deputy director, director Netherlands Inspection Service for Arboriculture (NAKB), 1984—1991. Head, Regional Coordination Europe Bayer AG.
Various positions, vegetable seed group Nunhems (subsidiary Bayer CropScience), 1999—2001, Chief Executive Officer, 2001—2002. President, animal health Bayer HealthCare AG (subsidiary Bayer AG), 2006—2010. Chief operating officer Bayer CropScience AG (subsidiary Bayer AG), since 2010.