Raymond F. Kerins, Jr.

Ray Kerins is Chief Executive Officer of The Next Solutions Group, a corporate reputation, issues management, business intelligence and cybersecurity organization. 

Prior to NSG, Ray was Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Bayer Corporation. At Bayer, he managed all communications, government relations and policy for the company’s main businesses – Agricultural, Consumer, Pharmaceuticals and Animal Health. He was a member of the U.S. Country Leadership Team and the Bayer Global Leadership Council. 

Ray also oversaw the Bayer U.S. Foundation and was chairman of Bayer’s political action committee. He was the executive sponsor for Bayer’s veteran employee resource group BRAVE (Bayer Resources for Armed Forces Veteran & Employees): and the site leader for all of Bayer’s facilities in the Northeast, covering 5,000 employees.

Prior to Bayer, Ray was Vice President of external affairs & worldwide communications for Pfizer Inc. Prior to Pfizer, he was Executive Director of public affairs for Merck & Co. 

He is an Executive Committee member of the board of directors at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chairman of the Chamber’s Global Innovation Property Center focused on advancing and protecting innovation and Intellectual Property rights. Ray serves on the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Business Roundtable on Global Health Threats. He is a board member of the Congressional Award, U.S. Congress’ only charity focused on American youth, and is a long-standing member of the annual National Press Foundation Awards Dinner Committee.

He holds a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from Iona College. He has also attended executive leadership trainings at Harvard Business School.

Ray is the only two-time recipient of the PRWeek Magazine “Public Relations Professional of the Year” (2010 & 2016) and in 2015 was inducted in the PR News Hall of Fame. Kerins was anointed as a “Top 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare in the U.S” by Medical Marketing & Media Magazine in the years 2016-2019.

He is an active lecturer at universities and business schools across America. 

Ray is chair of the CDC Business Roundtable. He is also an adjunct instructor for New York University.

Ray is married 26 years to his college sweetheart and is a proud father of three. 

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