After my first job with Philips in Eindhoven, I took on a posting in Hong Kong for three years as business controller, before coming back to work in supply chain and accounting operations. I was assigned to Philips Lighting just four months ago – which feels exciting and challenging, following the company’s recent stock market listing. I’m proud to work for a company that aims to make a difference in the world, not just make money. We’re front runners in the field of lighting solutions, and it feels good to know we’re helping to deal with the energy problem, and contributing positively to people’s lives all over the world.
I especially enjoy working with people. At the moment I manage a global ‘virtual’ team, as well as our external bookkeeping service providers. My job is to deliver complete and accurate financial reports for the shareholders and business management, which has an impact on their ability to make informed and effective decisions.
I believe we have to stay flexible and add value, and my team does that by providing useful insights at the right time. It’s not just about the numbers; you have to know what’s behind them. A lot of my work is about communication – building networks and connections to bring people together. It’s important to solve problems, get alignment on goals, and energize the teams.
I see my next career move perhaps taking me closer to the customers again. I’m a firm believer in lean operations, and becoming better problem-solvers; understanding customers’ needs so that we can translate them into better solutions. We have a shared passion here that I think goes beyond what you could normally expect from a company.