Lumileds has appointed of Jonathan Rich as CEO. Rich most recently served as chairman and CEO from 2010-2018 of Berry Global Inc., a Fortune 500 specialty materials and consumer packaging company.
“I am very pleased to be joining Lumileds and am looking forward to building on the company’s differentiated lighting technology foundation to increase the value we can deliver to customers across a broad set of industries,” Rich said. “The opportunity for lighting innovation to make a positive impact on safety and sustainability is tremendous.”
Rich succeeds Mark Adams, who is stepping down as CEO and from the board of directors, while remaining with the company in an advisory role.
“Mark Adams has made significant contributions to Lumileds during his tenure, leading the transition to an independent company and cultivating a culture of innovation and customer focus,” said Rob Seminara, a senior partner at Apollo and chairman of the board of Lumileds. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Lumileds, we would like to thank him for his service to the company and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. We are very excited Jon will be joining Lumileds to drive the next phase of innovation and growth and we look forward to working with him again.”
Before Rich served as CEO of Berry Global, he was president and CEO at Momentive, a specialty chemical company headquartered in Albany, New York. Prior to that, he held positions with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., first as president of the global chemicals business and subsequently as president of Goodyear’s North American tire division.
Rich spent his formative years at General Electric, first as a research scientist at GE Global Research and then in a series of management positions with GE Plastics.
“It has been a great experience leading Lumileds’ transition to an independent company that is focused on delivering lighting solutions that truly make a positive impact in the world,” said the retiring Adams. “I would like to thank the employees of Lumileds and the Apollo team for their support and wish the company much success in the future.”