Ryan to Head PR at Bayer as Barnes Retires
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Ryan to Head PR at Bayer as Barnes Retires

Mark Ryan, formerly vice president of public policy and communications at Bayer’s pharmaceutical division, has been named senior vice president of corporate communications.

Paul Holmes

PITTSBURGH, September 20—Mark Ryan, formerly vice president of public policy and communications at Bayer’s pharmaceutical division, has been named senior vice president of corporate communications. He replaces Margo Barnes, who left last month after six years with the company.
 
In his role at the pharmaceutical division, Ryan has been actively involved in the handling of the recent crisis involving Bayer’s cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol, which has been linked to more than 30 deaths. The company is expected to name a public relations agency for work on the crisis within the next few weeks.
 
In his new role, Ryan will be responsible for developing and implementing the company’s internal and external communications, reporting to Joe Akers, the company’s head of administration and finance. He will continue as acting head of communications for the pharmaceutical business until a successor can be found.
 
Ryan has held several positions with Bayer, including vice president of communications in the polymers and chemicals business, and director of corporate communications. He joined the company in 1996, after working with Ciba-Geigy and as a newspaper journalist.
 
Barnes say she will be retiring to Arizona “so I can do something I have always wanted to do—start an animal shelter in Tucson.”
 
Barnes joined Bayer in 1995. Prior to that, she was vice president of corporate affairs for American Medical International and worked for Purser & Associates, PNC Financial Corporation, Capital Holding Corporation, and LTV Steel.
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