Signify has appointed Nico van der Merwe as Chief Executive Officer for Signify UK and Ireland, starting 1 February 2023. Nico joins Signify from Schneider Electric, where he spent 15 years in various roles, most recently as Vice President for Home and Distribution, UK and Ireland.
Nico has two decades of experience in international business and leading strategic business transformations. He started his career in Sub-Saharan Africa, where he worked in sales, marketing and general management roles, before taking the position of Vice President Channel Development – Europe, based in France. Throughout his international career, Nico has demonstrated a track record of developing and implementing new business models and delivering sustainable results.
“I’m excited to join Signify as CEO of the UK and Ireland, and I look forward to working with the teams further to drive our lighting innovations in this dynamic market.” says Nico. “Signify is a company with a rich heritage, a powerful product portfolio, a talented team, and a strong leadership position in sustainability. I am sure we are well positioned to further grow the business and industry while continuing to make a positive impact on society and the environment through our innovations. The UK and Ireland have exciting opportunities in the market for us and our customers.’’
Based in Guildford, Nico will report to Maria Letizia Mariani, CCO of Signify.