Saskia Steinacker was named Head of Digital Excellence in February 2017 at Bayer. In this capacity, she leads Bayer’s digital transformation in close collaboration with the Digital Excellence Council and the Board of Management. Together with the divisions and functions she developed the company’s Digital Agenda with a focus on new business models to accelerate new growth. The Digital Agenda enables the organization through a shift of mindset and culture, optimized technology including AI, rapid processes and expert knowledge on data. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Rutgers Big Data Program. From 2013-2016 she lead the global digital IT function for Bayer and prior to this the Bayer North America Marketing & Sales IT unit. In both roles she successfully optimized the technology portfolio of the company to enable business strategies efficiently and reduced the time to market significantly. She graduated from Ecosign Academy with a degree in Communication Design and holds a Master in Business Administration from Liverpool University.