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Kim (Kiern Mark) O'Connor was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. After graduating in Economics and German from Kingston Polytechnic in London and the University of Constance (Germany) he began his career in 1975 with Unilever in London before taking up a sales position with Bayer UK Ltd in Richmond. There he became a product manager for a number of Bayer's inorganic chemical products.
In 1987 he joined Bayer AG in Leverkusen, taking over a global marketing manager position for phosphorous based derivatives and chlorinating agents. In 1991, Kim O’Connor was appointed Vice President of the newly formed Bayer Korea Ltd in Seoul, looking after a number of divisions until his transfer to Bayer China, based in Hong Kong in 1994. In China he was responsible for the Inorganic Chemicals and Specialty Chemicals Business Groups attaining the position of Deputy Managing Director in 1997.
In 1998, Kim O’Connor was appointed to lead the Coatings and Colorants business group in Greater China (China and Taiwan) before he joined Bayer Corporation in Pittsburgh, USA in 2000 as Vice President for Construction Materials.
Since 2006 Kim O’Connor has been Managing Director of LANXESS Limited,
the country company for Great Britain, in Newbury.
Kim O’Connor is married and has four children.