Gregory Babe (‘80 BS)
As a young man growing up in New Martinsville, W.Va., Greg Babe dreamed of running a successful corporation. In October 2008, he reached that goal when he was appointed president and CEO of Bayer Corporation and senior Bayer representative for the United States and Canada. In this role, Mr. Babe is responsible for the North American activities of the worldwide Bayer Group, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. He also serves as president and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience LLC – a position he has held since July 2004.
Previously, Mr. Babe served as president and CEO of Bayer Corporate and Business Services LLC (BCBS) where he was responsible for providing expertise and support in engineering, information systems, procurement, materials management, human resources, financial, accounting and other business services to Bayer Corporation and its affiliates.
Mr. Babe joined Bayer in 1976 as a student intern in the Polyurethanes Group and during his more than 30 years with the company has held several management positions of increasing responsibility, including manager of the Brunsb├?┬╝ttel, Germany, facility; director and general manager of Hennecke Machinery, then a unit of Bayer’s Polymers Division in Pennsylvania; vice president of corporate quality; and director of a national program to implement Bayer’s enterprise resource planning system. He was named senior vice president of information services in 1999, and in 2001, that role was expanded to include the NAFTA region.
When Mr. Babe was named president and CEO of BCBS, he continued his role as chief information officer. Mr. Babe is the chair of the Bayer Political Action Committee (BAYPAC). For five years he served as the executive sponsor of the Bayer Diversity Advisory Council. In addition to his duties with Bayer, Mr. Babe is a member of the American Chemistry Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors as well as chairman of its Board Science and Research Committee. In Pittsburgh, he is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at Duquesne University serving as Vice Chair of Audit and Finance.
Mr. Babe received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from WVU in 1980. As a student, he served as president of Tau Beta Pi and was a member of Pi Tau Sigma. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served on several student committees.
Today, he remains actively involved with his alma mater, serving on the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Advisory Committee. Mr. Babe and his wife, Carla, live in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., and have four children.