Roy Jakobs

Chief Business Leader Connected Care, Royal Philips


Roy Jakobs is Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader for the Connected Care businesses of Royal Philips, effective January 28, 2020. He is also member of the Executive Committee of Royal Philips. Connected Care comprises the Connected Care Informatics, Monitoring & Analytics, Population Health Management, Sleep & Respiratory Care and Therapeutic Care businesses. Prior to this, Roy led Philips’ Personal Health businesses.


Roy has extensive global leadership experience, with a strong business record, next to accomplishments in strategy, digital innovation and new business development in the business-to-consumer and business-to-business domains across the world.

I strongly believe in our mission to improve 3 billion lives a year by 2030, Connected Care will be central to us achieving this goal.

Roy Jakobs

Chief Business Leader Connected Care, Royal Philips

Since joining Philips in 2010, Roy has held various positions, including Chief Marketing Officer for Philips Lighting,  Market Leader for Philips Middle East & Turkey (including Health Systems) and Business Leader of Domestic Appliances, based in Shanghai. Prior to his career at Philips, Roy held various management positions at Royal Dutch Shell in their retail businesses and at Reed Elsevier where he transformed the business from print to digital as Managing Director. 


Roy was born in the Netherlands in 1974. He is married with three children and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy. He also holds a marketing Masters degree from TIAS and completed the New Board Program from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, both in the Netherlands. Roy speaks Dutch, English, German, Italian and Portuguese. 

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At a glance

  • Current role: Chief Business Leader Connected Care, Royal Philips
  • Since: January, 2020
  • Born: The Netherlands in 1974
  • Nationality: Dutch and German
  • Graduated:
    - Radboud University Nijmegen (Masters degree in Business Administration)
    - Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy

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