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Frans van Houten

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Royal Philips

Master’s in Economics and Business Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. 1986, joined Royal Philips; has held multiple senior global leadership positions across the company, including Co-Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Electronics and Chief Executive Officer, Philips Semiconductors; since April 2011, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Board of Management; leads the company in its goal to make the world healthier and more sustainable and to deliver on the company’s stated goal of improving three billion lives per year by 2025; led the company into the next decisive phase of its transformation: the planned separation of Royal Philips into two world-leading, fit for purpose businesses in lighting and health technology. Vice-Chairman, Philips Lighting Supervisory Board. Senior Adviser to the Board, Dutch financial services business ING Group. Led the successful spin-off of NXP Semiconductors. Member, European Round Table of Industrialists. Interests: sailing, skiing, running and art.

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