Rogier van der Heide to join Zumtobel Rogier van der Heide, Philips Lighting’s former design guru, is to join rival lighting manufacturer Zumtobel.

Van der Heide takes on the newly created role of chief design and marketing officer at the Zumtobel Group, which owns the Zumtobel, Thorn and Tridonic brands. He starts in December.

As well as serving as chief design officer at Philips Lighting and earlier as a global leader at Arup Lighting, van der Heide has carried out a huge variety of independent lighting design work in the fields of architecture, entertainment and art. His work includes designing lighting for Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and creating LED and OLED-lit stage costumes for the Black Eyed Peas. He has won a string of awards for lighting design during his 25-year career in the industry.

Zumtobel’s CEO Ulrich Schumacher said: ‘Design is vital to all brands of the Zumtobel Group, and we have decided to embed design more than ever before in the group’s product creation processes. Consequently, we focus on solutions that take lighting much beyond illumination in every market segment.

‘Rogier’s work demonstrates the fusion of technology, design and emotion to create lighting solutions with unique value for customers and end users. We are very happy to win Rogier for this exciting position within the Zumtobel Group, and are very much looking forward to him joining our company soon.’