By Claire Reilly

Royal Philips Electronics has announced the appointment of Alan McCarthy to the Australia and New Zealand branch of the business, in the dual roles of managing director of Philips Electronics ANZ and general manager of Philips Healthcare ANZ.

McCarthy will be responsible for the Consumer Lifestyle, Lighting and Healthcare businesses, leading a team of more than 450 staff. He brings over 20 years of experience with him to the role, largely in general and finance management in the medical capital equipment and devices industries.

Most recently, McCarthy worked as vice president of sales and marketing for Critical Care Technologies, Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was GM of Cardinal Health Australia.

He succeeds Harry van Dyk who left Philips in 2011, and will report to Wayne Spittle, Senior VP and Commercial Leader of Philips Healthcare Asia Pacific, and to Harjit Gill, CEO of Philips ASEAN and Pacific. McCarthy will also be working with Chris Kerr, director of Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Australia and New Zealand.

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“In Alan, we have a leader with a unique combination of broad business and healthcare expertise to fuel growth of the Philips businesses in ANZ,” said Harjit Gill. “Alan has a track record of achieving strong growth and has an in-depth understanding of the marketplace from a customer perspective.

“I am confident he will be instrumental in further cementing relationships with our key stakeholders across the private and public sectors, and unlocking the full potential of Philips in ANZ.”

Speaking about his new role, McCarthy said he was “very excited” to lead Philips in Australia and New Zealand “at a time when the world is looking in this direction for growth.

“I look forward to building on the strong foundation, brand equity and partnerships we have in Australia and New Zealand and further improve our performance,” he said.

“A key focus will be working collaboratively with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that Philips unique capabilities in Lighting, Healthcare and Consumer Lifestyle are optimised, creating the best possible future for people in Australia and New Zealand.”

The new managing director of Philips Electronics ANZ and general manager of Philips Healthcare ANZ, Alan McCarthy.