Oree Appoints New VP of Sales and Marketing
Planar lighting pioneer Oree today announced it has strengthened its management team by appointing Dirk Pieter “DP” Smedema as Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Mr. Smedema, a 20-year veteran of the lighting market, will, based in Europe, oversee the company’s newly-expanded network of sales representatives in Europe, China, Japan and Korea, in addition to the sales and marketing staff at Oree’s headquarters in Israel.
This strategic expansion follows the appointment, as reported in June, of LED lighting veteran Peter van Strijp as Oree’s CEO. “Our new and expanded team positions Oree very well in the target markets Europe and Asia to commercialize its innovative LightCell™ planar lighting technology,” said Mr. van Strijp. “DP and our channel partners will focus on the general lighting market in these regions, enabling lighting designs to benefit from our highly-efficient, cost-saving planar lighting technology.”
Mr. Smedema comes to Oree with a wealth of experience in global sales, marketing and management. He held numerous high-profile roles during more than 20 years at Philips Lighting, including OEM sales management in Europe as well as general management of both Philips Lighting Middle East and till recently Africa. He also held the European general sales management position at Color Kinetics prior to the acquisition of Color Kinetics by Philips Lighting.
“Oree has an exciting technology and a motivated and focused management team. With the strong channel partnerships the company has established, there’s a unique platform for me to start from,” said Mr. Smedema. “Combining the team cohesion, our application and sales focus and leveraging channel partnerships, we are poised for a great ride with our planar technology.”