Meinolf Sprink – Director of Fans/Community

Meinolf Sprink originally trained as a shipping agent and Bachelor of Business Administration. However, from the start of his professional life he was drawn to the world of journalism. After working as a trainee and, later, editor of his local newspaper the Neuss-Grevenbroicher-Zeitung/ Rheinische Post, he joined the publicity section of Bayer AG in 1988. His final position there was as head of the “Press and PR Germany” section.

He then spent the next three years gaining experience abroad. From 1996 to 1999, he was media relations manager for Bayer's US subsidiary, the Bayer Corporation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On his return from the USA, Sprink was appointed as the sports manager for Bayer AG. As part of his duties he was a member of the shareholders’ committee of Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH.

Sprink spent a total of seven years working for the general Bayer Sports organisation before joining the football subsidiary, where he was head of communications/marketing and head of communications/media. He has been director of Fans/Community since July 2015.

Professional career:

Since July 2015
Director of Fans/Community at Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH

July 2013 - June 2015
Head of Communications/Media at Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH

April 2007 - June 2013
Head of Communications/Marketing at Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH

2007 - 2009
Managing director of Bayer 04 Marketing GmbH

2000 - 2007
Sport manager for Bayer AG

1996 – 1999
Media relations manager at Bayer's US subsidiary, Bayer Corporation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

January 1988
Started in publicity section of Bayer AG, final post as head of the “Press and PR Germany” section

Until January 1988
Qualified shipping agent
Completed business studies course: Bachelor of Business Administration
Trainee and editor of the Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung/ Rheinische Post