Jacqueline Applegate began her career as a scientist, focusing on agricultural and pharmaceutical chemistry, and has worked with Bayer for 21 years. Having moved from her adolescent dream of being the next Jacques Cousteau to becoming Bayer’s senior representative for all its businesses in Australia and New Zealand, Jacqueline sat down with The CEO Magazine and spoke about reconciling her scientific background with the lessons in leadership and about people that she has gained throughout her career.

“In the first five years I was at Bayer I quickly realised that we were a business, so it wasn’t just about the science. It is also about business and bringing to the market unique, innovative products that a customer wants to buy. During my first five years with Bayer, I actually went back and got an MBA, which was sponsored by the company through the Executive Fellows Program” states Jacqueline.