Home > PUM Black History Salutes: Aleta Richards,VP, HR//Services Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC

Bookmark and Share

PUM Black History Salutes:  Aleta Richards,Vice President, HR//Services

Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC

PUM Celebrating Black History Month 2014 Featuring Pittsburgh Leaders Who Inspire

PittsburghUrbanMedia.com proudly celebrates Black History Month this February 2014 by honoring and featuring African American Leaders who inspire and demonstrate a commitment to uplifting future generations. What makes a leader inspirational? The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance and success is a skill that leaders need. Passion, purpose, listening and meaning help make a leader inspirational.

As we celebrate Black History Month, the leaders featured during the month of February all demonstrate that they are significantly shaping the world – in business, government, academia, the non-profit sector and more.  They are advancing their influence exponentially by shaping and creating a new generation of leaders who are poised to help lead our world forward.

We hope their stories will serve as an inspiration to encourage others to be motivated and inspired to achieve their goals and dreams.

 

Aleta Richards,Vice President, HR//Services

Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC

 

Aleta Richards is the Vice President, HR//Services for Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC (BBTS).  She is responsible for HR//Services, which includes HR//direct, an HR shared service center for Bayer.  The center supports all operational activities for over 14,000 employees in the Bayer US legal entities.  In addition, HR//Services provides support for the HR IT infrastructure - SAP and the employee/manager self-service systems.  This group also serves as internal training consultants, developing competency training to meet business needs.

 

Prior to her position in BBTS, Aleta was the Vice President, GKA Sales and Strategic Marketing for Bayer MaterialScience, LLC (BMS). She was responsible for the global key account management for the Coatings & Adhesives business in NAFTA.  Aleta was also responsible for a newly developed group, focused on business intelligence and strategic marketing activities for the CAS NAFTA business. These efforts include business planning, competitive/economic analysis, promotion, advertising; sales lead management and PACE project management.  BMS is a global leader for coatings raw materials in various end use markets.

 Before her position in the Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties Business Unit, Aleta was Director of IBC Americas, Marketing and Sales.  She was responsible for the sale of over 2 billion pounds of electrochemical products – chlorine, caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, sodium hypo and spent sulfuric acid.  In addition, she was responsible for marketing and sales activities in the Americas region for the Inorganic Basic Chemicals global group. 

Aleta joined Bayer in 1990 as a Commercial Trainee and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the company including Market Development, Customer Service/Internal Sales, Quality Management, Strategic Management and Business Management.

 Aleta serves as an executive support for the Bayer Pittsburgh site’s ACCESS Network, a network of African American employees in Pittsburgh.  In addition, she served as a member of the Bayer Diversity Advisory Council.  This group has representatives from each of Bayer’s US companies – Bayer MaterialScience, Bayer Corporate and Business Services, Bayer HealthCare and Bayer CropScience.

Within the community, Aleta serves on the Board of Directors for the Hill House Association.  She also serves as chair for the Board’s Personnel Committee. 

Native to Pittsburgh, Aleta holds both a BS and MBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of Pittsburgh.   She lives in Robinson Township with her husband, Frank. 

Celebrating Black History Month- what are you most proud of as a Black American and what you have been able to accomplish in terms of your career.

 Bayer has given me many opportunities for professional growth and develop over the years.  By leveraging those opportunities, I was able to reach Bayer’s  executive ranks over 7 years ago.    Looking at Corporate America, Black American executives is not very common, especially for Black American females.  Reaching and also serving in this capacity, is something of which I am most proud.

    1) Celebrating Black History Month- what are you most proud of as a Black American and what you have been able to accomplish in terms of your career.

"Bayer has given me many opportunities for professional growth and develop over the years.  By leveraging those opportunities, I was able to reach Bayer’s  executive ranks over 7 years ago.    Looking at Corporate America, Black American executives is not very common, especially for Black American females.  Reaching and also serving in this capacity, is something of which I am most proud."

2)  Why is Black History important to you and our world?

 "Black History Month ensures that moment of self-refection.  Everyone is reminded of how our American history starts and then appreciates where we are as a culture today.  While we should strive to continue to improve, we also need to celebrate the path that we’ve already taken."

 3) As an African American women in a key position at Bayer, how have you been able to break through the glass ceilings and be an effective leader?

"Easy – focus on results and strive to exceed the agreed-upon expectations.   Business is business. And, in our US society, you need to deliver your business results."

 

 

 

 

 

Other PUM Stories
NEWS
State of Downtown Pittsburgh 2017
  Produced annually by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership...

Read More »

COMMUNITY
Neighborhood Allies Outlines it's Priority Geographies
Neighborhood Allies Priority Geographies Neighborhood Allies is a...

Read More »

HOT TOPICS
ACLU-PA Files Suit to Block State’s “Silencing Act”
ACLU-PA Files Suit to Block State’s “Silencing Act”...

Read More »


SPORTS
Turnovers kill bid for 7th title -PACKERS 31, STEELERS 25
  Turnovers kill bid for 7th title - PACKERS 31, STEELERS 25...

Read More »


Calendar

Pittsburgh Urban Media