Royal Philips has announced the appointment of Brent Shafer as Chief Executive Officer of Philips North America. In his new role, Shafer will be responsible for strengthening Philips’ culture of entrepreneurship and growing revenue and market share in the United States and Canada. He will succeed Greg Sebasky, who retired from Philips on Feb. 3, and will report directly to Royal Philips’ CEO Frans van Houten. Shafer previously served as CEO of Philips’ Home Healthcare Solutions business group.
“Given the size and the dynamics of the North American market, and the opportunities that we see, we are taking decisive actions to boost new business development and grow faster than the market,” van Houten said. “In Brent we have the right leader to do just that as he brings a strong track record, both within Philips and outside of the company, of building successful businesses based on entrepreneurship and meaningful innovations.”
With more than 21,500 employees and operations at 57 major facilities in 26 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, Philips North America focuses on serving its customers by leveraging its portfolio in healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting. Shafer will work closely with the North American Healthcare team, which among others offers patient care solutions for the hospital and the home. Shafer brings market and business experience to his new role through various senior leadership positions within Philips and other companies including General Electric, Hill-Rom and Hewlett-Packard.
By Medical Dealer on March 27, 2014