Dutch well being expertise firm Philips on Tuesday unexpectedly introduced the approaching departure of CEO Frans van Houten, within the midst of an enormous product recall that has halved its market worth over the previous 12 months.
Philips mentioned Van Houten would get replaced on Oct. 15 by Roy Jakobs, head of the corporate’s Related Care companies, though his third time period as CEO was not on account of finish till April.
“The supervisory board and present Philips CEO Frans van Houten have agreed that with the tip of his third time period in sight, the time is true for the change in management,” Philips mentioned in a press release.
“I am proud of the result”, Van Houten instructed reporters. “It is all the time troublesome after all to let go, however it’s a logical second at hand over after 12 years. It is nice to have the ability to hand over to an inner successor with the conviction he’ll construct on the muse that I’ve laid.”
A particular shareholder assembly might be held on Sept. 30 to nominate Jakobs, who joined the corporate in 2010, as CEO.
Philips shares have been up 2.2% in early Amsterdam buying and selling, however are nonetheless down greater than 50% because it shocked traders in June 2021 by recalling 5.5 million ventilators used to deal with sleep apnoea.
Foam used for sound dampening can degrade and emit small particles that irritate airways, whereas gases launched by the degrading foam may be poisonous or carry most cancers dangers, the corporate mentioned on the time.
Though this blow to Philips’ fame may have led it to select an outsider for the highest job, supervisory board chairman Feike Sijbesma mentioned Jakobs was the appropriate man to repair the corporate’s issues.
“He has intensive worldwide expertise and he elevated the expansion profile of the companies he led”, Sijbesma mentioned.
“He led the ramp up of manufacturing following the recall and is aware of very a lot about affected person security and product high quality, so additionally from that perspective he’s the appropriate individual. He can hit the bottom operating.”
Throughout his nearly 12 years on the helm, 62-year previous Van Houten led the transformation of the once-sprawling conglomerate right into a targeted healthcare specialist, spinning off its lighting and client electronics divisions.
Philips now focuses on medical imaging, monitoring and diagnostic tools and competes towards Normal Electrical and Siemens Healthineers.