Frans van Houten

Frans van Houten

CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management and Executive Committee

Corporate responsibilities: Strategy and business development, Communications, Internal Audit, Human Resources Management, Legal/Compliance/GBP, Marketing, Information Technology and Supply Management


Frans van Houten started his career with the company in 1986 in marketing and sales at Philips Data Systems.


In 1993 he was appointed Vice President international sales and operations of Philips Kommunikations Industrie in Germany. In 1996 Mr. Van Houten joined Philips’ Consumer Electronics division for which he led the business unit Disk Systems in the Netherlands. From 1999 he led the region Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, based in Singapore.


In 2002, he became co-CEO of the Consumer Electronics division. In 2004, Mr. Van Houten was appointed CEO of Philips Semiconductors. After the spin out of this division in 2006, he continued as CEO of NXP Semiconductors until 2009. Prior to re-joining Philips late 2010, Mr. Van Houten was leading the project to separate ING Group’s banking and insurance operations as an independent advisor to ING’s management board. In April 2011, Mr. Van Houten assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Royal Philips. 


Since October 2010, Mr. Van Houten is a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists.


Mr. Van Houten was born in the Netherlands in 1960 and holds a Master degree in Economics and Business Management from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.