Philips Taps Ex-Cisco IoT Exec as Americas Boss - Energy Watch News

Philips Taps Ex-Cisco IoT Exec as Americas Boss

With the lighting industry’s future ever more dependent on connecting smart luminaires, bulbs, and street poles to the Internet, Philips Lighting is replacing the head of its Americas division with an Internet industry veteran who has a long background at networking stalwart Cisco Systems. The company named Chris White to take over the Americas from Amy Huntington, who has been CEO of the division which includes North America and Latin America. US boss Roger Karner will report to White. It is not clear when the change takes place, and whether White’s title will be CEO. Philips is scheduled to announce fourth-quarter and year-end financial results on Feb. 2, and is expected to provide more details then. The move could be a precursor to other smart lighting maneuvers by Philips, and comes as rival GE puts its smart lighting and energy unit Current, powered by GE on the block.

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