Frans van Houten, Member of the Board of Directors
Frans van Houten, Member of the Board of Directors

Frans van Houten

Board member since 2017

Frans van Houten

Board member since 2017

Frans van Houten, Member of the Board of Directors

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 chair 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 chair 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)

Mandates

  • Member of the steering committee, European Round Table for Industry (ERT), Belgium
  • Chair of the supervisory board, Erasmus Trust Foundation, Netherlands
  • Chair, Graduate Entrepreneur Foundation, Netherlands
  • Chair, NL2025 Foundation, Netherlands
  • Vice chair and member of the supervisory board, Philips Lighting, Netherlands (2016–2017)

Education

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

Key skills

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