With his thoughtful presence, and sharp analytical and communication skills, Robert Smits is capable of guiding and mentoring new generation leaders when dealing with major turnarounds, defining winning (marketing) strategies, translating those into execution and helping them navigate their career paths.
Robert is an experienced executive and member of supervisory boards. He started his career with Royal Philips Electronics and held various roles in Global Sales and Business Management in the Netherlands, Brasil and Singapore. Having lived abroad and having worked in an international environment, Robert has learned to deal with many different cultures.
His last three assignments in a period of more than 30 years with Philips were consecutively CEO Business Group Domestic Appliances, CEO Business Group Personal Care and CEO Philips Television. Next to and after his Philips career he served in various supervisory boards: non-executive Board Director with TPV Technology Ltd in Hong Kong, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Kawasaki Motors Europe NV and non-executive Director with Trymax Semiconductors.
During his career, Robert has worked and lived with his family in Europe, Asia and South America. He has been able to successfully combine the demands of highly responsible roles, requiring a lot of travelling, with family life.