Today Philips announced that Mrs Herna Verhagen and Mr. Sanjay Poonen will be proposed to become the new members of the Supervisory Board at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM), which will be held on May 10, 2022. Furthermore, Dr. Paul Stoffels and Dr. Marc Harrison, whose first terms expire in 2022, will be proposed for re-appointment as members of the Supervisory Board. Mrs. Neelam Dhawan, who joined Philips’ Supervisory Board in 2012, will retire from the Board after her third consecutive term, effective upon closing of the 2022 AGM.
Faike Sijbesma, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips said:
“We are very pleased to nominate Mrs. Herna Verhagen and Mr. Sanjay Poonen as new members of Philips’ Supervisory Board, supporting the company to deliver on its purpose of improving people’s health and well-being through innovation. With her proven track record in driving a customer-first company culture and a background in e-commerce logistics, Mrs. Verhagen will bring valued and new perspectives to the Supervisory Board, while Mr. Poonen’s extensive experience in enterprise IT will further strengthen the Supervisory Board’s digital competencies. We are also very pleased that Dr. Paul Stoffels, the current Vice Chair, and Dr. Marc Harrison remain available as members of the Board. Their expertise and experience in healthcare innovation is extremely valuable as Philips aims to support the transformation of healthcare with new health technology solutions along the health continuum.”
The company is looking forward to growing Philips, which is supported by a diverse and experienced Supervisory Board. Its aim is to support consumers in order to lead a healthy life and their healthcare customers achieve the Quadruple Aim of better health outcomes, improved patient and staff experiences, and lower cost of care. Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips, commented:
“On behalf of the Executive Committee and the Supervisory Board, I would like to express my deep gratitude to Neelam Dhawan for her long-term counsel and support since 2012. Her in-depth knowledge of the IT industry, including research, software engineering, and services has been indispensable during Philips’ transformation into a health technology leader. We look forward to continue to grow Philips, supported by a diverse and experienced Supervisory Board, aiming to support consumers to lead a healthy life and our healthcare customers achieve the Quadruple Aim of better health outcomes, improved patient and staff experiences, and lower cost of care.”
Mrs. Verhagen has been CEO and Chair of the Board of Management of PostNL since 2012. Under her leadership, PostNL executed a strategic transformation from a mail delivery company into a growing postal and e-commerce logistic solutions provider.
Mr. Poonen has held various executive leadership positions in the software industry, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer for cloud computing company VMware. In this role he was responsible for all business functions.
Subject to AGM approval, Mrs. Verhagen and Mr. Poonen will join a diverse and experienced Supervisory Board, consisting of members from Europe, North America and Asia with wide-ranging business experiences.