René van Schooten has been a Member of the Board of Management at Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, since the company’s listing on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange in May 2016. He was appointed as Chief Financial Officer as of March 1, 2020.
Rene was the leader for Business Groups Lamps and Home and had overall responsibility for the company’s Business Groups. Rene was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from October 2015 to August 2016 during the company’s separation from Philips and subsequent initial public offering. Before that, he worked as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Professional Luminaires and as CFO for Lighting and the Lamps Business.
Before Philips, René held various financial roles at Unilever in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands from 1988 to 1999, and Esso in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands from 1982 to 1988.
René, a Dutch national, holds a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands.