Philips Selecon boss Jeremy Collins moves on to a new stage

Philips Selecon boss Jeremy Collins moves on to a new stage

New Zealand - Philips Selecon boss Jeremy Collins has announced he will be leaving Philips Selecon at the end of June.

Collins, who bought the company in 1985 (with colleague Andrew Nichols) and has been instrumental in building the Selecon brand over the past quarter of a century, says he is moving on ‘to a new stage’ in his life.

Since Philips acquired Selecon in April 2009, Collins has been a driving force in ensuring a smooth transition and further development of the Philips Selecon products.

“For 25 years Selecon has been a major part of my life,’ says Collins. ‘To my Selecon New Zealand colleagues and those around the world, a very special thank you - we successfully worked together and created a successful global business, which led our niche in many markets around the world. A fantastic achievement, which I hope you all take pride in, as I do.

“It is now time for me to move on. I do this with great confidence in the future of Philips Entertainment. The potential is only now starting to be realised in our global markets. As you continue to develop and deliver great innovative new products; build new business partnerships around the world and maybe even acquire some more great companies like Selecon, I wish you all the best in realising the exciting future which is Philips Entertainment.”

“On behalf of the entire team at Philips Entertainment, I personally would like to add my thanks to Jeremy and wish him good luck in his retirement, says Steve Carson, VP/GM at Philips Entertainment Lighting. “Jeremy should be proud that the company he founded has grown to be the leader in entertainment luminaires. With the merger of Selecon with Philips it continues to develop product with the same philosophy of providing innovative lighting tools for theatre throughout the world. It has been my honor and pleasure to work with Jeremy the last few years and while his creativity and leadership will be missed, I believe that he has left a legacy that will continue into the future.”

Selecon’s specialty is in fixed luminaires for the theatre and for the specialised display, museum and art gallery market. Philips identified the entertainment market as of special interest to the company as part of its global strategy, and therefore purchased Selecon as part of its ambitions.

Philips Selecon is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lighting technology.

In 2009 Jeremy Collins received the Entertainment Technology New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of NZ's bi-annual ETNZ Conference and Tradeshow held at the Telstra Clear Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland.

Collins’ replacement is to be announced shortly.