Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced the appointment of Marnix van Ginneken as Chief Legal Officer, Company Secretary and member of the company’s Executive Committee, effective May 1, 2014. Mr. Van Ginneken, currently Philips’ Head of Group Legal, will succeed Eric Coutinho, who will retire per April 30, 2014.
“I am very pleased that in Marnix van Ginneken we have found a great successor with deep legal knowledge from within the company,’’ said Philips Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten. “I wish to express my deepest appreciation to Eric for his commitment to Philips in a long career that spanned more than three decades. As Chief Legal Officer, Eric has been instrumental in strengthening the legal function within Philips and I wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Marnix van Ginneken (Dutch, 1973) joined Philips in 2007 having worked with AkzoNobel and in private practice before. Marnix holds a law degree from the University of Utrecht and is professor of international corporate governance at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Eric Coutinho (Dutch, 1951) joined Philips’ Corporate Legal department in Eindhoven in 1979 after completing his Law Degree from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Following various functions within Philips’ Legal department, he became Company Secretary and Chief Legal Officer on May 1, 2006.