Philips Lighting has announced the appointment of David Nicholl as its new Chief Executive Officer for the United Kingdom & Ireland.
Nicholl succeeds Peter Maskell, who will retire at of the end of the year. He will join Philips Lighting later in the month from Rockwell Automation where he was Country Director for the United Kingdom & Ireland.
He played a key role in accelerating the adoption of the connected enterprise approach; harnessing the Internet of Things in the industrial and manufacturing space to enable customers to benefit from greater connectivity and information sharing.
Before working at Rockwell Automation, Nicholl spent 13 years with Schneider Electric where he held senior leadership roles in the UK, Romania and Sweden, driving energy management and the transformation to systems and services.
Market Group Leader Europe for Philips Lighting, Maria Letizia Mariani, commented on the appointment: “David joins us with a strong track record for delivering results. His experience and customer centric approach will drive new areas of opportunity and growth within the UK and Ireland, accelerating our connected lighting journey and our leadership in lighting for the Internet of Things.
Meanwhile, Nicholl added: “I am truly excited to be joining Philips Lighting and look forward to delivering real value for our customers by unlocking the potential of greater connectivity and light beyond illumination.”
Last month, Philips Lighting set out a wide ranging new five year sustainability scheme, including a goal of deriving 80% of its turnover from products, systems and services which “provide environmental and social benefits.”
Launched yesterday as part of New York City’s Climate Week, the ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’ programme marks the first time Philips Lighting – a part of technology giant Philips – has set its own sustainability goals as a standalone brand.
The programme reaffirms parent firm Philips’ overall 2020 commitments to become a ‘carbon neutral’ company.