Longtime Philips/Signify Employee Marion Matheussen-van Vugt Retires After 50 Years

    October 03, 2019

    This summer Signify employee Marion Matheussen-van Vugt retired after a remarkable fifty years with the company


    In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono tied the knot in Gibraltar and Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. That same year, in Eindhoven, a young woman named Marion Matheussen got her first job. Little did she know then that she would spend her entire 50-year career at the same company: Philips Lighting/Signify.

    It was her father, who was himself an employee at Philips, who told her “take a job at Philips, and you’ll be well looked after.” How right he was.

    50 years speech
    This year, on July 1, Marion officially retired after exactly 50 years at Philips Lighting and Signify. The occasion was suitably marked with a big farewell party. Her former manager, Geert Depovere, Head of R&D Management, described the party as very engaging and appreciated by everyone – friends, family and colleagues.

    Marion Matheussen spent her entire 50-year career at the same company: Philips Lighting/Signify''

    Her leaving party celebration was a fitting tribute for someone who gave a half-century of service. You don’t spend 50 years in one company unless you like it.

    One of Marion’s absolute favorite things about working for Signify has been the people, “Always great people around me. People to report to and to work alongside.” She says that was what kept her motivated to get up every morning and go to work.

    And when she hit the office, she was all business. According to Depovere, she was “very committed to her job, trustworthy and reliable.”

    He was also careful to point out that the longevity of Matheussen’s career here is a positive reflection of the organization as well. “It shows that we give our people the opportunity to grow. In Marion’s 50 years here, technology has changed enormously, but she was able to grow and develop alongside.”

    Marion and husband
    When asked if she has any words of wisdom from 50 years of service, Marion told me: “keep your integrity and be honest. If you’re finding some disagreements or differences of opinion, speak out so they don’t get bigger.”

    Wise words from a wise woman, and a very valued employee.

    Marion, you’ll be missed, but thanks for 50 great years of service and enjoy your retirement!

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    Ryan Millar

    Ryan Millar


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    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2023, we had sales of EUR 6.7 billion, approximately 32,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for seven consecutive years and have achieved the EcoVadis Platinum rating for four consecutive years, placing Signify in the top one percent of companies assessed. News from Signify can be found in the Newsroom, on X, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors is located on the Investor Relations page.

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