TechNet Executive Council PROFILE

Chris White
CEO of the Americas

Chris White is the CEO of the Americas for Signify (formerly Philips Lighting).  He is responsible for accelerating the company’s leadership position and expanding the role of the region as a critical hub of economic growth and innovation.  He manages all commercial and operational activities across the company’s entire portfolio — from conventional and LED products to connected lighting systems and services — to advance the success of Signify in North, South and Central America.  A recognized thought leader on the positive disruptive effects of an increasingly digital and connected world, Chris brings a unique perspective on the IoT — from Smart Home to Smart Buildings to Smart Cities.  His expertise is pivotal in helping Signify further expand its connected lighting offering to solve its customers’ toughest challenges.  Leveraging his extensive experience managing industries and markets transformed by technology, Chris is a strong advocate for the immediate benefits of lighting today, as well as the untold potential of connected lighting to generate new business insights and deliver value that positively impacts people’s lives.  Chris has held a number of transformational executive roles throughout his career.  Before joining Signify, he was a 20-year veteran of Cisco where he held various leadership roles including Senior Vice President Global Sales, Strategy and Go-to-Market, and Internet of Things, where he spearheaded Cisco’s market leadership in IoT and generated a more than $1 billion business in three years.  Before that, he was the General Manager of Sports and Entertainment Group, which under his leadership grew from $20 million to a $500 million business in less than five years.  Prior to Cisco, he served on the leadership teams of two startups, one IPO, and two successful acquisitions by Microsoft and Cisco, respectively.  Originally, from the UK, Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of London and serves on the Advisory Boards for Ingram Micro, Big Data Partners, and the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

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