Dr. Claudio F. Abreu
President and CEO, Bayer Business and Technology Services (BBTS) LLC
Head of Global Information Technology Operations
Head of Bayer Business Services NA Region
Dr. Claudio F. Abreu is the President and CEO for Bayer Business and Technology Services. In this role, he has responsibility for all service-related functions in support of Bayer businesses in North America. Dr. Abreu is also the Head of Bayer Business Services (BBS) North America, having responsibility for all BBS functions in the region. He is also the Head of the Global Information Technology Operations Business Unit for Bayer Business Services; in this role he has responsibility for all Bayer Information Technology infrastructure and operations worldwide.
Dr. Abreu joined the company in 1990 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in different areas. Since 1995, he has held several senior managerial positions. Before joining Bayer, Dr. Abreu worked on Process Control, Finance & Accounting, and Business Management. Dr. Abreu established the North America Competency Center as the first new organizational concept implemented in the region. Under his leadership as Vice President of Technology & Operations, he achieved one of most significant accomplishments for Information Systems (IS) in North America - the consolidation of the overall North American IS infrastructure, which included the Data Center, Telecommunications Network, the ServiceDesk and Desktop Support regionalization, and the implementation of the Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Library best-practice processes - which resulted in a savings of more than US $100 million. Under his leadership as SVP and CIO, he supported the Bayer Group in performing the most significant phase of business portfolio changes on Bayer's history, with more than US $30 Billion in acquisitions and divestitures. He also successfully completed the full migration program of the legacy systems into the integrated SAP system environment and developed a strategic shift on focusing IT investments on business innovation.
He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Bayer USA Foundation, Business Leadership Network, and The Epilepsy Foundation. He is also a member of the Bayer North America Council, and Board of Advisors for Cisco Services.
Dr. Abreu has lived in Latin America, North America, and Europe. He holds several degrees, including in Electrical Engineering, Masters of Science in Information Systems, Master of Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in Business Management. He attended the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Abreu has also attended senior executive leadership programs at Harvard University and the Advanced Management Program in INSEAD, France.