Roy Jakobs

Chief Business Leader, Personal Health


Roy Jakobs is Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader for the Personal Health Businesses of Royal Philips, effective October 1, 2018. He is also member of the Executive Committee of Royal Philips. The Personal Health businesses comprise Male Grooming, Beauty, Domestic Appliances, Oral Healthcare and Mother & Child Care.


Roy has extensive global experience and a record of accomplishment in strategy, innovation, value chain management, new business development, M&A, marketing and sales. He joined Philips in 2010 as Chief Marketing Officer for Philips Lighting. In 2012, he became Market Leader for Philips Middle East & Turkey. In 2015, he moved to Shanghai to become Leader of the Domestic Appliances business. Since mid-2017 he has been leading this business group from Amsterdam.

We’re committed in our strategy to provide
integrated, connected solutions that support healthier lifestyles and those living with chronic disease.”

Roy Jakobs

Chief Business Leader Personal Health, Royal Philips

Roy is passionate about driving innovations that enable people to take control over their own lives, particularly in the area of health and wellbeing. He is a keen advocate of Philips’ goal to improve the lives of three billion people a year by 2025.


Prior to his career at Philips, Roy held various management positions at Royal Dutch Shell in their retail businesses. He then joined 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 holds a marketing Masters degree from TIAS and completed 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 Personal Health, Royal Philips
  • Since: October, 2018
  • 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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