Protein production in action in a cell.
Protein production in action in a cell.

Frans van Houten

Board member since 2017

Frans van Houten

Board member since 2017

Protein production in action in a cell.

Nationality: Dutch | Year of birth: 1960

Frans van Houten is passionate about purpose-driven innovation, entrepreneurship and business transformation to drive competitiveness and customer value. Under his leadership as CEO, Royal Philips NV has transformed into a focused health technology leader through targeted divestments, acquisitions and organic business development. Royal Philips NV has also adopted a comprehensive set of commitments across all the ESG dimensions, and is today carbon neutral in its operations and recycles 90% of its operational waste. Mr. van Houten was an initiator of The Compact for Responsive and Responsible Leadership, which aims to create a corporate governance framework with a focus on the long-term sustainability of corporations and the long-term goals of society.

Professional experience

  • CEO and chairman of the executive committee and the board of management, Royal Philips NV, Netherlands (2011–present)
  • Interim management, ING Group NV, Netherlands (2009–2010)
  • CEO and chairman of the management board, NXP Semiconductors NV (formerly Philips Semiconductors NV), Netherlands (2004–2009)
  • Various managerial positions at Royal Philips Electronics NV, Netherlands (1986–2004)


  • Member of the steering committee, European Round Table for Industry (ERT), Belgium
  • Vice chairman and member of the supervisory board, Philips Lighting, Netherlands (2016–2017)


  • Master of Science in economics and business management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Science in economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Key skills

  • Medicine/healthcare/R&D
  • Leadership/management
  • Law/regulatory/risk management
  • Data/digital
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG)