Frans van Houten has been a member of the Board of Directors since February 2017. He qualifies as an independent Non-Executive Director and is a member of the Research & Development Committee.
Mr. van Houten is CEO and chairman of the executive committee and the board of management of Royal Philips, a position he has held since 2011. Under his leadership, Philips has transformed itself into a focused health technology company. From May 2016 through December 2017, he also served as vice chairman and a member of the supervisory board of Philips Lighting.
Mr. van Houten holds a master’s degree in economics and business management from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He joined Philips in 1986 and has held multiple global senior leadership positions. In 2009 and 2010, he was a consultant to the boards of companies such as ING Group NV and ASM International NV. Before that, he was CEO of NXP Semiconductors (a Philips spinoff) from 2004 to 2009.