Raymond F. Kerins, Jr.
SVP, Communications & Government, U.S.
Ray Kerins is Senior Vice President and Head of Communications, Government Relations & Policy for Bayer U.S.
Ray manages all communications, government relations and policy for Bayer Corporation. He oversees the Bayer U.S. Foundation and is a member of the Bayer U.S. Country Council. Ray serves as Vice-Chair of Bayer’s political action committee.
Previously, Ray was Vice President of external affairs & worldwide communications for Pfizer overseeing communications, internal & external, for the Company globally. He was the chief global spokesperson for Pfizer. Ray was part of a team that managed the $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth and $2.3 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prior to Pfizer, he was Executive Director of public affairs for Merck & Co. and served as the company’s chief global spokesperson following the Vioxx recall.
Before Merck, Ray spent nine years at GCI Group where he was executive vice president/managing director overseeing both the corporate communications & media relations practices. Prior to GCI, he spent five years at Porter Novelli where he held various senior-level positions.
Ray is the recipient of many company and industry awards, including being named “2017 Outstanding In-House Professional Award” by PRWeek Magazine; “2010 Public Relations Professional of the Year” by PRWeek Magazine; “2010 Media Relations Professional” by Bulldog Reporter; and was also named “Top 40 under 40” executives by PRWeek in 2009.
He is the Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and serves on the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Business Roundtable on Global Health Threats.
Ray holds a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from Iona College.