On Saturday, October 15, 2022, I became CEO of Philips. You can imagine the sense of responsibility I am feeling as I begin leading a business that has been innovating for impact for over 130 years.
Philips exists to make a difference and, as a health technology company, our aim is to make a meaningful difference to millions of lives, every day, all over the world. Yet while we are a strong company with much to be proud of, we are managing substantial challenges, while also contending with these difficult global times. But I start my new job excited and determined to turn things around. I am committed to serving the patients who rely on us, to working ever more closely with the doctors, nurses and healthcare managers we partner with, and to enabling people everywhere to improve their health and well-being.
So, as I start on the journey, I want you to know that I come into this role with a clear view of what I stand for and what I want Philips to be known for – people-centered, high-quality care.
Delivering on this is what matters most, and that will require us to double down on what we do best, continuing to innovate, but also urgently fixing things where we have disappointed patients and customers. This will, of course, also help to restore our financial health.