CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center has chosen Steven Hedrick as its new chief executive officer.
Hedrick, who replaces former CEO Keith Pauley, will take over beginning Feb. 1, 2013.
Hedrick is the former vice president and head of Bayer CropScience's Institute Industrial Park. He has also held previous positions with Bayer MaterialScience and Lyondell.
"Essentially this decision was unanimous on the part of MATRIC's executive committee," MATRIC spokesman Jason Keeling said.
Hedrick will not yet comment on his appointment because he does not officially start until February, Keeling said.
Hedrick's experience in the chemical industry make him a natural fit at MATRIC, Keeling said.
"We appreciate his commitment to the future of West Virginia and his desire to make special things happen here," Keeling said.
In Hedrick's place, Bayer has appointed James Covington, current head of health, safety and environment for the company's Kansas City manufacturing operations, as the new head of the Institute Industrial Park.