Dr. Klaus H. SOMMER

former SVP at Engineering & Technology, former President of SPIRE, former Chairperson of SusChem
Expert, retired from Bayer AG, former President of SPIRE, former Chairperson of SusChem - Germany


Dr. Klaus H. Sommer served as President of the A.SPIRE aisbl organisation, which is the driving force behind the Public-Private Partnership SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency), until 2017. Dr. Sommer also served as the Chairperson of the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry SusChem until the end of 2017. He was also a member of the High Level Group of Energy Intensive Industries led by Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska.
Dr. Sommer is a physicist by education and joined Bayer in 1987. He held positions of increasing responsibility in Germany in Central Research and in the US in the Polymers business, where he was responsible for Bayer’s polymers research in the US.
In July 2002 he was appointed to Senior Vice President and Head of Customer and Product Management for Bayer Technology Services, which, since July 2016, is now the Corporate Function Engineering & Technology where he was responsible for the Strategy Department until his retirement at the end of 2018.