Philips appoints Eric Rondolat as CEO of Lighting sector

March 21, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Royal Philips Electronics has announced the appointment of Eric Rondolat as Chief Executive Officer of its Lighting activities and member of the company's Executive Committee, effective April 1st, 2012. Rondolat succeeds Frans van Houten who has led Philips Lighting on an interim base.

Mr. Eric Rondolat (Italian/French nationality, 1966) joins Philips from Schneider Electric. Most recently he held the position of the Executive Vice President, Power Business Unit for Asia / Pacific and was based in China.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to attract Eric to lead our Lighting sector,” said Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Philips Electronics. “Eric has an impressive international career in the technology industry covering both established and fast growing emerging markets. He is a real entrepreneur with a clear strategic vision who will be able to lead the industry transformation to energy efficient LED based lighting solutions.”

In 2011, Philips Lighting, the world's largest lighting company, generated sales of EUR 7.6 billion. The sector is accelerating its transformation of its product portfolio to LED, applications and solutions, as evidenced by the robust mid-double digit sales growth across its LED portfolio in the past two years. With the announcement of Mr. Rondolat as the new CEO of Lighting today and the announcement of Mr. Paul Verhagen as CFO in Lighting as per January 1 the new leadership team of Lighting is in place.