René van Schooten has held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO)1 ad interim from March 2020. Over the coming months he will work closely together with his successor, Francisco Javier van Engelen Sousa, to ensure a thorough business onboarding and a smooth transition. This is expected to be completed with the closure of Q3 in October.
René has also been a Member of the Board of Management since the company’s listing on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange in May 2016.
Previously René was the leader for Business Groups Lamps and Home and held overall responsibility for the company’s Business Groups. He also was 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.
1 Besides all Finance-related matters the responsibilities of the CFO also include IT, Real Estate and Security, including Cyber Security.