WHIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of Bayer's top U.S. communications and government relations leaders have been recognized by their peers as among the most influential professionals in their respective industries. Raymond F. Kerins, Jr., senior vice president of Communications, Government Relations and Policy for Bayer in the United States, has been named to PRWeek's and Medical Marketing & Media's Health Influencer 50 List. Christopher Leahy, vice president of U.S. Government Relations for Bayer, was named as one of The Hill's Top Corporate Lobbyists. Both honors were announced last week.
Kerins, who has previously received numerous PRWeek accolades , garnered PRWeek's and MM&M's latest honor by taking an "Engage and Educate" approach in all facets of the business. "Engagement of the stakeholder, regardless of who they are, should be your first move [as a communications head]," Kerins told PRWeek. "When we are not engaging, we don't know what stakeholders are thinking." "What does it mean to wield influence? Dissatisfaction must often exceed satisfaction in order for change to occur in healthcare," says Marc Iskowitz, editor in chief of MM&M. "Regardless, sometimes influential leaders can get things done by sheer will. That's the common denominator among each person in our Health Influencer 50 list. Each boasts high-profile accomplishments, oftentimes ahead of the pain-of-change curve. And each is emblematic of the new wave of leadership arising out of agencies, biopharma, and health tech." Kerins currently serves on Bayer's U.S. Country Leadership Team, as well as chairman of Bayer's Political Action Committee, BAYPAC. While his responsibilities include overseeing all communications and government relations functions for Bayer supporting healthcare, agriculture and animal health divisions, Kerins has recently been spearheading Bayer's fight against the Zika virus in partnership with the CDC Foundation. Kerins has long served on the CDC's Advisory Council on Global Health Threats.