Philips Medical Systems North America appoints new CEO
29 May 2005
Andover, Mass. USA. Philips Medical Systems, a division of Royal Philips
Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), has appointed Brent Shafer as executive
vice president and CEO, sales and service region for North America,
reporting directly to Jouko Karvinen, Philips Medical Systems President and
CEO. Shafer will help capitalize on the company's breadth of products and
technologies to continue growth and increase overall market share.
"Brent's more than 20 years of leadership experience in the medical
industry make him ideally suited to help lead Philips Medical Systems as it
continues to grow market share in the U.S.," said Karvinen. "We will look to
Brent to guide our North American sales and service organization, and to
deliver to our customers fully integrated medical technologies and services
designed around their needs. I am confident that he will significantly
contribute to our business performance and long-term success."
Most recently, Shafer was vice president and general manager, Patient
Environment Division at HILL-ROM, Inc., a global company based in
Batesville, Ind., that helps healthcare professionals safely deliver
effective and efficient care to their patients in acute care, long-term care
and home care environments. Previously, Shafer served HILL-ROM as vice
president of the Americas and Asia Pacific sales divisions.
Shafer began his career with Johnson & Johnson (Critikon Division) and
later worked for Hewlett-Packard Medical Products Group in several key sales
management positions. In 1996, Shafer joined GE Medical Systems, where he
held various sales, marketing and general management positions, including in
X-ray and cardiology.