Dr. Markus Steilemann has been Chief Executive Officer of Covestro since June 2018. His area of responsibility covers all commercial functions, including the three divisions Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties. In addition, central areas such as strategy, personnel and communications fall within his remit.
Born in Geilenkirchen, Germany in 1970, Steilemann graduated with a PhD in chemistry from RWTH Aachen University. He began his career with the Bayer Group in 1999. From 2008, Steilemann held various management positions in the Polycarbonates business unit at Bayer MaterialScience, the predecessor company of Covestro. Between 2013 and 2015, Steilemann headed the entire business unit headquartered in China, where he lived for several years.
Steilemann returned to Germany and joined the Covestro Board of Management in 2015 with responsibility for innovation. In addition to this role, he became head of the Polyurethanes business unit in the following year. From 2017 until his appointment as CEO, he was Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), responsible for innovation, marketing and sales.