Ray Kerins is Senior Vice President and Head of Communications, Government Relations & Policy for Bayer Corporation.
He manages all communications, government relations and policy for Bayer and the company’s main businesses – Agricultural, Consumer, Pharmaceuticals and Animal Health. He is a member of the U.S. Country Leadership Team and the Bayer Global Leadership Council.
Ray oversees the Bayer U.S. Foundation and is chairman of Bayer’s political action committee (BAYER PAC). He is the executive sponsor for two Bayer employee resource groups: BRAVE (Bayer Resources for Armed Forces Veteran & Employees) and BLEND (Bayer’s LGBT organization) and is the site manager for all of Bayer’s buildings in the Northeast, covering 4,000 employees.
Previously, Ray was Vice President of external affairs & worldwide communications for Pfizer Inc. Prior to Pfizer, he was Executive Director of public affairs for Merck & Co. and served as the company’s chief global spokesperson following the Vioxx recall.
Ray is the two-time recipient of the PRWeek Magazine “Public Relations Professional of the Year” (2010 & 2016) and was recently inducted in the PR News Hall of Fame (2015). In 2016, Medical Marketing & Media Magazine anointed Kerins as a “2016 Top 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare in the U.S.”
He is a member of the board of directors at the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, as well as Vice Chairman of the Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center. Ray serves on the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Business Roundtable on Global Health Threats. He is a long-standing member of the annual National Press Foundation Awards Dinner Committee.
He holds a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from Iona College. He has also attended executive leadership trainings at Harvard Business School.
Ray enjoys coaching his three children in their sports of choice. He is married 22 years to his college sweetheart.