Life sciences company Bayer, whose U.S. headquarters is in Whippany, announced two appointments to its U.S. leadership team June 1.
Brian Branca, who has been with the company since 2006, was promoted to Bayer U.S. chief financial officer, effective June 1. Branca most recently served as vice president and treasurer for Bayer U.S.
According to the personnel announcement, Branca has held numerous financial leadership roles at the company, including serving as chief financial officer for Bayer subsidiary Climate Corp. He stepped into the new role after Kelly Gast assumed the position of Bayer Crop Science chief financial officer earlier this year.
Bayer also announced Marina Hong has been named senior vice president and head of U.S. human resources, effective June 6. Hong joined the company in 2021 as vice president, Human Resources for Bayer Pharmaceuticals Americas.
Hong, who brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Bayer, will succeed Lisa Massa, who will retire in July.
“Brian and Marina have a depth and breadth of experience to drive excellence in their respective fields, and both will play key roles in leading the company’s performance in its most important market – the U.S. – and achieving the goals of our Growth Strategy,” Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, president of Bayer U.S. and president, Consumer Health, North America, said in a statement.
Branca and Hong will report to Lockwood-Taylor, who also thanked Massa for her leadership at the company.