Berschauer, 53, was born in Boms, near Ravensburg in southern Germany. He studied agricultural science at Stuttgart-Hohenheim University, subsequently working as a scientific assistant at the university's Institute for Animal Nutrition.

After obtaining his PhD in agricultural science in 1977, he joined Bayer AG in 1980 as head of the animal nutrition department at the Pharmaceuticals Research Center in Wuppertal. He held various other positions with Bayer before becoming head of development in the company's Crop Protection Business Group in 1993.

In 1998, he transferred to the United States, serving as president of the Animal Health Division of Bayer Corp. In July 2000, he was appointed general manager of the Animal Health Business Group at Bayer AG.

After the reorganization, Berschauer initially was appointed a member of the Bayer HealthCare Executive Committee with responsibility for the Animal Health Division and the Asia-Pacific region. Effective Oct. 1, 2003 he became a member of the Board of Management of Bayer Health-Care AG and the company's labor director.

Since 1987 Berschauer has been working as an adjunct professor at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim. He is married with three children.

Wulff has been chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer CropScience since July 1, 2002. After studying and obtaining a doctorate in organic chemistry, he joined the research department of what was then Bayer's U.S. subsidiary Mobay Corp. in 1968. After holding various positions in the Polyurethanes Business Group, both in the USA and at Bayer's headquarters in Leverkusen, he was appointed manager of a dyestuffs production unit in Leverkusen in 1984.

He returned to Mobay in 1986 as executive vice president production and technology, becoming Mobay's president and chief executive officer in 1990.

Dr. Wulff left the United States following the reorganization of Bayer's U.S. operations. In April 1993, he was appointed general manager of Bayer AG's Crop Protection Business Group. Following the successful realignment of the business group, Wulff managed the merger of Bayer with the acquired company, Aventis CropScience.

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