The digital world is increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives – and is also a fascinating challenge for Covestro
I helped set up the very first intranet, learned some programming languages on my own and took advantage of the opportunity in 1999 to transfer to Central Market Research as a webmaster. There I was the technical team lead for setting up various websites and databases.
In 2003 I transferred to Electronic Communications in the former plastics division of Bayer, which is now Covestro. A number of intensive years then followed with a wide range of responsibilities for digital projects and even editorial work, such as on our factbook or articles for the employee magazine.
An exciting announcement was then made in fall 2014: Bayer MaterialScience was going to be carved out under a new name! After nearly 30 years at Bayer, and with a bit of a strange feeling, but also excitement, the idea of actively helping to create an entirely new company immediately grabbed me. Something like that only happens once in a lifetime – it was fantastic! Together with my IT colleagues at Bayer, I supported the Digital Communications work stream and on September 1, 2015, the birthday of our new company, Covestro, we went live on schedule worldwide with all our digital sites, our new name and logo. There was a lot of work and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but also tremendous joy over the achievement! The celebration afterwards was wonderful, and we had truly earned it! The initial public offering, which also had to be prepared from start to finish, took place soon after in October 2015. Here again we enjoyed great, intense, cross-team collaboration, which led to a very successful stock market launch and a share price that has been climbing steadily ever since.