That’s because when you’re 40 - 45 you still have 20 - 25 years of work life left, but you can’t take in new experiences as easily anymore. So, he says, “Build those experiences early in your career and then benefit from them over a long period of time after that. I’ve always taken that advice in my career and really took opportunities to broaden and develop my skill set.”
Floriaan’s first big learning opportunity came from Delight, a precursor to Signify’s current Horizon program. Delight was the initiative leading the transformation within (at that time) Philips Lighting. Since then he has had experiences leading the Outdoor team and went into sales when he felt he lacked customer-facing experience.
You can start to see a pattern here: where he felt he lacked, that was his next move. Until eventually that meant moving to a new continent where he was enveloped in North American and Latin American culture, which he still believes is the most culturally enriching experience he has had to date.
Floriaan thrives on learning, change and diversity, so it comes as no surprise that a company founded on constant innovation motivated him to stay.
Floriaan’s pride in Signify comes from just how much this company has achieved and how it’s helped those who need it most. From providing solar lighting in rural areas to empowering community leaders with lighting education courses there are many reasons to be a proud Signify employee!