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Darren Wallis joined Bayer today as the new North American vice president and head of communications for the CropScience division. In this position, Wallis will be responsible for all internal and external corporate communications activities including corporate reputation, media relations, corporate social responsibility, employee communications, digital communications and issues management. Wallis will be based at the North American headquarters for Bayer’s CropScience division in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Wallis, a native of rural Southeast Missouri where he grew up on a diversified grain and beef production farm, has more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications. Most recently he served in various communications roles at Monsanto Company. His previous work experience was serving clients in a variety of industries at two large international public relations firms.

“We are excited to have Darren join the team at Bayer,” said Ray Kerins, senior vice president and head of communications, government affairs and policy for Bayer U.S. “His professional experience in communications and deep roots in agriculture will bring important perspective to the team and help Bayer reach important stakeholders to continue telling the valuable contributions of innovation in agriculture in meeting global demands.”

Wallis holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has completed his first year a Masters degree in international business at Saint Louis University. He is married with three children and enjoys running and the outdoors in his free time.