Cape Town – Philips has announced the appointment of Jasper Westerink as chief executive for Philips Africa.

Westerink, who will be based in Johannesburg, joined the Dutch company’s African unit in December from Indonesia, where he was the managing director of Philips Personal Health.

The multinational health technology company said the appointment of Westerink, who has held key leadership positions across Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, was intended to accelerate development of Philips’ health technology portfolio.

“Under his leadership Indonesia has become one of the fastest growing countries for Philips in the APAC market,” the firm said.

Westerink was previously the head of the consumer lifestyle portfolio for Philips in SA.

He said: “My priorities, in a region facing challenges, are to continue to identify growth opportunities and boost Philips’ commitment to develop sustainable solutions for our African customers and consumers.