Gerard Philips

"It is about improvement; a succession of large and inventions, sometimes by chance."

October 9, 1858
January 26, 1942
Birth Place
Zaltbommel, Netherlands
Current Place
The Hague, Netherlands


Gerard co-founded the Philips Company, with his father Frederik Philips, as a family business in 1891. Gerard and his younger brother Anton Philips changed the business to a corporation by founding in 1912 the NV Philips' Gloeilampenfabrieken. As the first CEO of the Philips corporation, Gerard laid with Anton the foundations for the coming Philips multinational company.

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