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Dr. Rainier van Roessel was born on August 4, 1957 in Oisterwijk, Netherlands. He studied business administration at the University of Cologne, obtaining his doctorate (rerum politicarum) in 1988. In the same year, he joined the Corporate Organization Department of Bayer AG as an internal advisor. In 1993, he became a strategy advisor in the Strategic Planning Department, where he helped to set up the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Unit. In 1997, van Roessel became Head of Strategic Marketing for Styrenics in the Plastics Business Group, and he was appointed Head of European Marketing for Polycarbonates in 2001. In the newly formed Bayer Polymers subgroup, he assumed responsibility for Global Operations Polyester/TPU/Films.
When LANXESS was established in 2004, he became Head of the Rubber Chemicals business unit, and in June 2006, he was appointed Managing Director of LANXESS N.V., in Antwerp, Belgium.
On January 1, 2007, van Roessel was appointed to the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.