Head of Industrial Automation, Germany
Since 2020, Felix Hanisch is leading the department Process and Plant Safety at Bayer Engineering & Technology. Born in 1970 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Felix Hanisch studied Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany) and Lehigh University in Bethlehem (U.S.A.). He earned his doctorate in process control at the Technical University of Dortmund and started working for Bayer in 2001. In various functions as a Process Control Engineer he got to know Bayer’s production sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Houston, Texas. He led Bayer MaterialScience’s global HSEQ management system for two years before joining the Basic Chemicals division, responsible for the Technology & Innovation department. He was the co-lead of the global initiative for Diversity & Inclusion at Covestro, promoting open-mindedness and fostering diversity. With the carve-out of Covestro from Bayer, Felix Hanisch assumed responsibility for Global Process Control Technology. After returning to Bayer in 2017 as Head of Industrial Automation and besides his current role at Bayer, Felix Hanisch is chairman of the board of NAMUR, the international user association of automation technology in the process industries.