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Dozens of layoffs at Philips spinoff Versuni in Drachten

Nieke Roos
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Versuni, formerly Philips Domestic Appliances, is laying off 46 engineers at its innovation center in Drachten, several media outlets report. There were already fears of cuts after the company last year announced the shutdown of its Austrian site. The report about the layoffs follows the news that president and CEO Henk de Jong is being succeeded by Véronique Pauwels effective 21 March.

Credit: Versuni

Commenting on the cuts, a spokesperson talks about a “transformation” marking the start of a new chapter for Versuni in Drachten. According to the company, the site is and will remain a source of future innovation. Labor unions, however, point to deteriorating employment conditions since Philips Domestic Appliances was acquired by the Chinese investor Hillhouse Capital in 2021.

Véronique Pauwels previously served as the Netherlands managing partner at the consulting firm Bain & Company, where she also led the Consumer Products and EMEA Performance Improvement practices. She’s an expert in sustained transformations and has more than 25 years of global experience supporting boards and CEOs in addressing their most pressing strategic challenges. Having worked closely with Versuni’s executive team to lead the value creation planning process, she’s familiar with the company’s people, organization, brands and products.

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