Bill Buckner is president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP and a member of the Executive Committee of Bayer CropScience AG.
In 1993, Buckner joined Bayer as a marketing executive in the Companion Animal Heath business in Shawnee Mission, Kan. He moved to Monheim, Germany, in 1996 where he worked for the Animal Health Business Group as a business development manager before starting his new position as vice president/general manager of Bayer’s Canadian Agricultural business in Toronto, Ontario, in 1998.
Buckner was appointed president and CEO of Bayer CropScience, Inc., in Calgary, Alberta, in 2002. He relocated to Research Triangle Park, N.C., as senior vice president of commercial operations for Bayer CropScience LP in 2004 and was appointed country head for the U.S. Crop Protection business in early 2005. He assumed his current position in April 2006.
After obtaining his bachelors degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979, he joined USS Agricultural Chemicals, a subsidiary of U.S. Steel in Centralia, Mo., as a retail sales representative. In 1982, he joined Commerce BankShares for three years. From 1985 to 1993, he held various positions with Pitman-Moore, Inc., in Chicago before becoming National Sales Manager.
Buckner is a member of the CropLife America Board of Directors and Executive Committee.