Kelly S. Gast
Chief Financial Officer, U.S.
Kelly S. Gast is Chief Financial Officer for Bayer in the U.S. She is an accomplished finance leader with global business experience. Prior to joining Bayer in August 2018, Kelly was Vice President for Commercial Finance at Monsanto Company, where she led an international team of approximately 600 and supports more than $13 billion in annual revenue. She worked closely with other members of the senior leadership team on forecasting, budgeting and long-range planning for Monsanto’s commercial organization. She was a member of the company’s Executive Team Operations Council, a decision-making body comprised of select senior leaders and executive team members, as well as the company’s Monsanto Advisory Council.
While at Monsanto, Kelly held diverse roles with increasing responsibility, serving as Assistant Controller, U.S. Strategic Accounts Lead, and finance lead for divisions including Crop Protection, U.S. Commercial, Technology and Human Resources.
Kelly is passionate about giving back to her community and lends her support to several organizations. For several years, she has been active with the St. Louis United Way campaign and has served on the Women’s De Tocqueville Society Committee. She is an emeritus Board of Directors member for the Center for Women in Transition, continuing to serve on the Center’s Finance committee after previously serving as Treasurer. Kelly also is a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation Sponsors’ Board, which is comprised of top corporate executives interested in promoting agribusiness, production agriculture, entrepreneurship, and agriculture education.
In 2011, Kelly completed the Eisenhower Fellowships U.S. Program, a highly-selective program designed to help business leaders broaden and enhance their global perspective and partnerships and have a greater impact in their home region and professional sphere.
Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She lives with her husband and three children in Town & Country, Missouri.