Greg Babe, who heads Bayer Corp. in North America, told a management class recently that it takes face-to-face interactions to make a leader and that leading by “mandate” would only make them managers, “and those are two different things.” Speaking to adjunct professor Karen Blaney’s class, Babe said teamwork is essential.
Babe graduated from WVU with a mechanical engineering degree in 1980. He became CEO at Bayer Corp. in 2008. He is also president and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience LLC, and he was previously head of Bayer Corporate and Business Services LLC. The German company employs about 102,000 people worldwide in three divisions, and Babe oversees about 17,500 employees in North America, including 15,000 in the U.S. Bayer has West Virginia facilities in New Martinsville and Charleston.