18 September 2008 | Paul Snell
Barbara Kux, chief procurement officer at electronics firm Philips, is to leave the company at the end of the month.
Maarten de Vries, currently the firm's global head of IT, will take over from Kux as CPO when she steps down from her role on 30 September, returning to Switzerland for personal reasons.
But although de Vries will take control of the firm's purchasing, he will not take on Kux's other role as the company's head of sustainability.
De Vries began his career at Philips in 1986 as controller of the Dutch sales group for lighting. He has held various roles in the company since, including a stint as CFO of the firm's consumer electronics division. He already sits on the group management committee, alongside Kux, in his current role as the company's chief information officer.
Kux began her career as a marketing manager at Nestle in 1979 and has been CPO at Philips since 2003. She was ranked as Fortune magazine's nineteenth most powerful woman in business in 2007 and serves as a member of the board of directors at business school INSEAD.