LEVERKUSEN, Germany - Bayer MaterialScience has appointed Peter Vanacker to the Executive Committee position of Head of Industrial Marketing and Innovation. Before his new assignment, Vanacker was the Head of the Polyurethanes Business Unit.

In his new role, Vanacker will be responsible for driving industrial marketing and innovation as key elements of the Bayer MaterialScience growth strategy. In addition, he will lead the company’s development business activities in functional films and carbon nanotubes, among others.

At the same time, Joachim Wolff succeeds Vanacker as Head of the Polyurethanes Business Unit, while Daniel Meyer joins the Executive Committee and succeeds Joachim Wolff as Head of the Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties Business Unit. Meyer was previously Head of Marketing and Business Development within this business unit in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Additionally, Bayer MaterialScience has extended its Executive Committee to incorporate key functional activities. Michael Bernhardt, Wolfgang Miebach and Richard Northcote joined the Executive Committee on July 1, 2011, in their positions as Heads of Human Resources, Corporate Development and Communications and Public Affairs, respectively.