Until 2013, Willem Appelo spent 21 years with Xerox in various supply chain and technology positions. Subsequently, he worked for 8 years at Johnson & Johnson in various senior supply chain positions. The past year he worked as an interim Supply Chain Officer at several private equity companies in the medical technology industry.
Sophie Bechu joined Philips in 2016, after a 33-year career at IBM.
Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips, is very pleased that Wim Apello will be joining Philips as their new COO: “Wim brings a wealth of relevant experience to Philips, adding in-depth knowledge and understanding of medical technology and informatics supply chain management, which will help Philips accelerate its journey to becoming a health technology solutions leader. I want to thank Sophie for her highly valuable contribution to Philips and her relentless focus and deep commitment to establishing Philips’ Integrated Supply Chain organization since joining in 2016. During that time, she successfully optimized our supplier base and manufacturing footprint, continually driving operational excellence with a customer-first mindset.”