Signify announces new Chief Executive Officer

5th November 2020
Alex Lynn

Signify has announced the appointment of Stephen Rouatt as the new Chief Executive Officer for Signify UK and Ireland. He has been with Signify for almost five years, bringing more than 20 years of industry and professional services experience across a range of sectors to the CEO role.

With Signify, Rouatt was previously Group Head of the Strategy, Alliances & Market Insights team, where he was responsible for setting the business’ overall direction, defining Signify’s IoT and M&A strategies (including acquisitions of Cooper Lighting Solutions, WiZ, and Once/iLOX), leading the company’s Alliances function and launching several transformation programs. Rouatt has also been closely involved in the development and acceleration of several of Signify’s sustainable growth businesses.

Based out of the UK, Rouatt replaces Joao Pola, who will become the head of Signify’s 3D Printing division.

Rouatt said: “I feel immensely privileged to be appointed Chief Executive Officer of Signify UK&I. It has been a pleasure to see the transformation of the lighting industry as it moves to more connected, intelligent solutions, as well as be part of a business that is a true champion of sustainability with achievements such as our global carbon neutrality announcement this year. I am excited to build on the brilliant work of the UK&I team and wish Joao Pola the best of luck as he begins a new chapter for Signify”

Prior to Signify, Rouatt was a Managing Principal at ING Bank, focused on strategy and innovation, and helping launch several fintech ventures.  He spent ten years split between McKinsey & Company in their Digital practice, and Accenture in their technology strategy group based in the UK, serving large corporate clients across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Rouatt is currently a member of several World Economic Forum (WEF) committees related to Engineering & Construction, Infrastructure & Urban Development, and Digital Transformation. 

Rouatt will take over the CEO duties over the month of November and will report to Frank van der Vloed, Market Group Leader for Europe.

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