University of Pittsburgh

Claudio Abreu (MBA '90, MS-MIS '90, PhD '96)

Claudio Abreu

President and CEO, Bayer Business and Technology Services
Pittsburgh, Pa., and Leverkusen, Germany
2011 Distinguished Alumnus Honoree

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and its Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Management of Information Systems dual-degree program brought Claudio Abreu (MBA '90, MSIS '90, PhD '96), a native son of Brazil, to America. As part of the program, he did an internship at Bayer. Following that internship, he was offered full-time employment with the company. While working for Bayer full-time and taking on positions of increasing responsibility, he returned to the Katz School to pursue a doctoral degree in artificial intelligence.

Abreu's Bayer résumé includes notable accomplishments, such as establishing the North America Competency Center, the first new organizational concept implemented in the region; consolidating the overall North American information systems (IS) infrastructure, one of the most significant accomplishments for IS in North America; implementing the Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Library best-practice processes, which, in total, resulted in savings in excess of $100 million; supporting the Bayer Group in performing the most significant phase of business portfolio changes in the company's history, with more than $30 billion in acquisitions and divestitures; and migrating the company's legacy systems to the SAP® environment.

In his current position at Bayer, Abreu is responsible for all service-related functions in support of Bayer businesses in North America; all Bayer Business Services functions in the region, including Canada; and all Bayer Information Technology infrastructure and operations worldwide.

Abreu currently serves on the boards of the Bayer USA Foundation-the primary source for the Bayer Corporation's philanthropic work in the United States-and the Bayer North America Council.