LED maker Lumileds of San Jose, CA, USA (a subsidiary of Royal Philips) has appointed Steve Barlow as senior vice president of its Illumination Business. He rejoins Lumileds from LED maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA, where he served as senior VP of sales & business development, responsible for the lighting division products, channels and revenue growth.
Barlow has over 25 years of sales, marketing and business development experience in the semiconductor and LED lighting industry. He first joined Lumileds in 2003, helping to build its LED lighting business. He then served as chief commercial officer at Intematix Corp, responsible for all commercial functions including global sales, marketing, application engineering, customer service, business development and distribution.
“He has an outstanding track record in the lighting industry, where he has demonstrated strong leadership, technology vision and customer relationship building skills,” comments Lumileds’ CEO Mark Adams.
Philips announced on 12 December 2016 that it had signed an agreement to sell a majority stake in Lumileds to certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC. The transaction is expected to be completed in first-half 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. As required by the agreement, Apollo has been briefed on the appointment of Steve Barlow as SVP of Illumination.
“Lumileds has created a unique position in the marketplace by offering differentiated lighting solutions,” comments Barlow. “The company’s intellectual property, comprehensive product portfolio and deep customer relationships will be the cornerstone of our continued success.”