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Phil O’Donnell leaves Philips to join Lumenpulse

5 September 2013 09.00 BST

(Canada) - Coup for Montreal-based manufacturer as lighting industry veteran takes on role as Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific region.

Lumenpulse has appointed Phil O'Donnell as Vice President Sales for the Asia Pacific region. O'Donnell is an industry veteran, with over 35 years of senior-level sales, business development and management experience. His appointment consolidates an increasingly experienced and versatile executive team for the growing company, which now has five offices around the world.

“Phil's appointment is another sign of our determination to lead the growth of the global LED market,” said François-Xavier Souvay, President and CEO of Lumenpulse. “Phil's extensive experience and intimate knowledge of Southeast Asia is an invaluable addition to our executive team, and his leadership will only strengthen our vision and ensure we keep moving forward.”

O'Donnell brings extensive experience from the LED lighting market. He joined Color Kinetics in 2005, where he served as Vice President of Sales until the company was sold to Philips Lighting for $800M.

Subsequently, he continued in a global role at Philips, overseeing complex turnkey solutions throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. Previously, O'Donnell was CEO of Strand Lighting. He holds a BFA in Technical Design from New York University and attended graduate school at Yale University.

“I am very excited to be part of the Lumenpulse team,” O'Donnell said. “In a relatively short space of time, they've developed an innovative product portfolio that is truly pushing the boundaries of LED technology. I'm very proud to be a part of the company's continued growth and success,” he said.

This development is the latest in a string of apoointments from Philips Color Kinetics, a company admired by Souvay who recently stated that “they had the guts to pioneer the industry when there was no market. I have a lot of respect for companies prepared to take risks. That’s what Lumenpulse did: we took risks to develop complete LED product families at a very fast pace.”

Ex-Color Kinetics President Bill Simm and Peter D. Karol, who served as general counsel to Color Kinetics through its acquisition by Philips, joined the company in 2011. Greg Campbell, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering, and Brandon M. Siemion, Executive Vice President of Sales, the Americas, are also ex-Color Kinetics employees. Its US headquarters and Global Technology Development Center is in Boston, Massachusetts close to Burlington where Philips Color Kinetics is located.


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