September’s edition of The Holland Herald, KLM’s in-flight magazine, has an extensive profile of former Philips CEO and “iconic businessman”, Frits Philips. The history of Philips is inextricably linked to the life of a man universally recognized for his charisma, humor, and the positive influence he had on the growth and development of the company.
The article describes Frits Philips’ career, culminating in his leadership of the company as its fourth CEO and president. His tenure spanned the singular challenges of the WWII and its aftermath, and the subsequent rapid growth as the company became a global Consumer Electronics powerhouse. He was also known for his dedication to PSV Eindhoven, the football club founded by the company.