Ronald started his career at Philips in 1990 and held various leadership positions in marketing, sales, service, operations, supply chain and general management. In 2011, he was appointed Chief Market Leader responsible for International Markets, Government Affairs and Market-to-Order Excellence with the aim of strengthening Philips’ entrepreneurship with focus on customers and markets.
As Chief Market Leader, Ronald led the transformation of Philips’ market organization under the global Accelerate! program in 2011 with the objective of building more entrepreneurial market and country organizations; improving customer focus by generating deep market and customer insights; developing local business opportunities by co-creating locally relevant propositions with customers and helping drive the company’s approach to winning more long-term strategic partnerships.
Since 2014 Ronald has been Chairman of the board of the Philips Foundation, set up to enable lasting social change in disadvantaged communities and access to healthcare through the application of innovation, talent and resources provided by Philips.
Ronald was appointed Distinguished Professor of Practice in Business at the School of Economics and Management of Tilburg University in July 2017. He is responsible for educating students in marketing, services and innovation management, and for contributing to the impact of research on society and applied science.
In 2007 Ronald was honored by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’ and in 2015 he was proclaimed a Distinguished Fellow of the Globalization, Aging, Innovation and Care (GAIC) research program at Tilburg University. Ronald is a member of the Supervisory Board of SNV, an international not-for-profit organization based in the Netherlands.
Ronald holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In addition, he has participated in educational programs at, among others, Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Stanford University, Yale Institute for Global Leadership and IMD Lausanne.