New CEO to accelerate LEDVANCE transformation as a leading, innovation-driven full LED lighting company

The Supervisory Board of LEDVANCE GmbH (LEDVANCE) has appointed Jacob C Tarn PhD, a well-known LED Lighting industry veteran, as the new Chairman of the Management Board and new CEO of LEDVANCE.

Taking up the role on February 1, 2018, Dr Tarn will focus on accelerating the company’s transformation from a traditional lamps manufacturer to an industry leading, innovation-driven full LED lighting company. Dr Tarn will manage the company out of its global headquarters in Garching, Germany.

With activities in more than 120 countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world’s leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers. Having emerged from the general lighting business of OSRAM GmbH, LEDVANCE’s product offering includes advanced LED lamps, standardised LED luminaires, intelligent, networked Smart Home and Building solutions, as well as traditional light sources.

Dr Tarn brings more than 30 years’ international experience in the global LED lighting market to his new role as CEO. Most recently, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the LED business unit at Samsung Electronics in South Korea, Dr Tarn was pivotal in turning around Samsung’s LED business.

Said Dr Tarn: “LEDVANCE has all it takes to become a key player in the global LED lighting market and has already successfully expanded into growth areas such as LED luminaires, smart home solutions and LED lamps. I look forward to working with the entire LEDVANCE team to continue on this path at an accelerated pace, turn LEDVANCE into an innovative full LED lighting company and thereby consequently seize the opportunities that lie in front of us.”

Rüdiger Tibbe, who served as interim CEO, will continue to be responsible for the operational execution of the company transformation as Chief Transformation Officer at LEDVANCE.