René van Schooten has held the position of Business Group Leader Lamps with Philips Lighting from 2009-2011 and since 2014.
In addition to his regular roles as Member of the Board of Management and Business Group Leader Lamps, René was acting CFO from October 2015 to August 2016, during the separation from Royal Philips and the subsequent initial public offering.
René was Chief Executive Officer for Professional Luminaires from 2002-2009 and Chief Executive of the Business Group Light Sources & Electronics from 2012-2014. Previous to these roles, he was Chief Financial Officer of Philips Lighting. Throughout his career, he has built an extensive understanding of the lighting business.
Prior to joining Philips in 1991, René worked at Unilever and Esso in several financial roles across different countries.
René studied Business Administration at Eindhoven University of Technology.