Edwin Paalvast

Chief of International Markets


Edwin Paalvast joined Philips as Chief of International Markets in August 2020. He is a member of the Executive Committee.


Edwin joined Philips from Cisco Systems, where he was Senior Vice President Global Specialists, leading a global sales force in specialist areas, including the Internet of Things (IoT), networking, data center, cloud, collaboration, cybersecurity and services. Prior to that, he held a variety of other senior roles, including that of President of Cisco Systems EMEA.


Before joining Cisco, Edwin was Partner in the IT practice at Bakkenist Management Consultants, which was later bought by Deloitte Consulting. He started his career in 1987 at TNO, the Dutch Institute for Applied Research, focusing on high-performance computing and applied computer science.

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Edwin Paalvast

Chief of International Markets

Edwin is married with three children. He holds two master’s degrees from Leiden University, one in computer sciences and the other in mathematics, and a PhD from Delft University. 

At a glance

  • Current role: Chief of International Markets
  • Since: 2020
  • Born: The Netherlands, 1963
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Graduated: Leiden University,  Masters in Computer Sciences and Mathematics & Delft University,  PhD

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