Aug 26, 2019

Daniela Seabrook to succeed Ronald de Jong as Philips’ Chief Human Resources Officer

Amsterdam, the NetherlandsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that Daniela Seabrook will succeed Ronald de Jong as Chief Human Resources Officer, effective January 1, 2020. In this role, Mrs. Seabrook will join Philips’ Executive Committee and report to CEO Frans van Houten. Mr. de Jong, who joined Philips in 1990, made a personal decision to retire from the company to enable a lifestyle change. 


“I respect and support Ronald’s decision to retire from corporate life after a successful career at Philips and I want to warmly thank him for his outstanding contributions over nearly thirty years,’’ said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “He has played an important role in the transformation of our company into a health technology leader. Although Ronald will retire from Philips, I am delighted to say that he will remain Chair of the Philips Foundation and thereby continue to play an active role in helping us to deliver on our mission of improving the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2030. On behalf of Philips’ Executive Committee, I would like to wish him all the best. 


At the same time, I am very pleased to announce Daniela Seabrook as Ronald’s successor. She will bring a wealth of experience to her new role, gained in senior HR positions supporting businesses, markets and corporate functions in various leading companies.”   


Mrs. Seabrook is currently Group Head People and Organizational Development at the leading global agriculture company Syngenta. She holds a PhD in organizational psychology and change management from the University of Basel, Switzerland. 

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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Ben Zwirs

Ben Zwirs

Philips Global Press Office

Tel: +31 6 1521 3446

Ksenija Gonciarenko

Ksenija Gonciarenko

Philips Investor Relations

Tel: +31 20 59 77055

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