Philips Lighting (PL) has named Chris White as President of the Americas.

Reporting to Eric Rondolat, CEO of PL, White will oversee the continued acceleration of the company’s position in the region and manage all commercial and operational activities to enhance the success of consumer and professional products, systems and services throughout North, South, and Central America.

“We are very pleased that Chris White has joined our organization. He brings a wealth of experience, exceptional business acumen, and proven leadership across several markets,” says Rondolat. “Chris is also a recognized thought leader on the positive disruptive effects of an increasingly digital and connected world, and brings a unique perspective which will help us to further expand our connected lighting offering while continuing to strengthen all of our businesses in the Americas.”

Prior to joining PL, White was a 20-year veteran of Cisco. There, he held various leadership roles and spearheaded Cisco’s market influence and leadership in the IoT.

“Philips Lighting has a long history of innovation and an undisputed lighting portfolio to meet the needs of all its customers,” says White. “There is a significant upside today as we leverage our existing offering while leading the opportunity to drive the digital transformation and the proliferation of connected lighting that is generating new insights and benefits into how people, places, and devices interact. The tangible benefits of lighting today and the immense value of connected lighting are more relevant than ever before. I’m excited to strengthen our leadership role in changing how people see and experience their world through light.”