Chris White is the President of the Americas for Signify and 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 Internet of Things (IoT), which is helping the company to further expand its connected lighting offering. Leveraging his extensive experience managing industries and markets transformed by technology, Chris is a strong advocate for both the tangible benefits of lighting today, as well as the immense value and proliferation of connected lighting to generate new insights into how people, places, and devices interact. Chris has held a number of transformational executive roles throughout his career. Prior to joining Signify, he worked at Cisco for 20 years, where he spearheaded Cisco’s market influence and leadership in IoT and held various leadership roles including Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Strategy, Go-to-Market, and Internet of Things. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of Sports and Entertainment Group, which, under his leadership, grew from a $20 million to a $500 million business in less than five years. Originally from the United Kingdom, Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business from 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.