Gerard Kleisterlee

The head of the one of the world's largest electronics companies has admitted that consumers are unimpressed by the latest televisions, despite huge spending on research and promotion. Gerard Kleisterlee, chief executive of Philips Electronics, says the next generation of slimline and 3D televisions has not taken off. Prices have also been held back by oversupply because a predicted boom in sales in the run-up to last year's football World Cup failed to materialise. Manufacturers such as Sony and Philips have tried to fend off competition from Chinese and South Korean companies by introducing new technology with higher profit

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Personal computer maker Dell Inc. said Wednesday it has named the president and CEO of Royal Philips Electronics NV, Gerard Kleisterlee, to its board of directors.Dell also appointed longtime board member Alex Mandl as its new presiding independent director. Mandl takes over that role from former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, 72, who is scheduled to retire from Dell's board in July. The presiding director oversees other independent board directors and helps set the meeting agenda with Dell founder, Chairman and CEO Michael Dell.Kleisterlee, 64, has been Royal Philips Electronics' CEO since 2001. The Dutch consumer

Dutch conglomerate Philips Electronics said on Tuesday it wanted to grow faster than the economy, firming its profitability targets, while keeping its three-pillar strategy. 'We will continue to build on the key global trends to expand our leadership in key businesses such as home healthcare, LED lighting solutions and healthy living and personal care,' said Chief Executive Gerard Kleisterlee, who will hand over the helm to Frans van Houten in April next year. Analysts, however, have suggested Philips may have to abandon its three pillar strategy as synergies between lighting, healthcare and consumer electronics are limited. Philips

By Gary Arlen President, Arlen Communications After the first dozen signs and flyers that shouted "Anywhere. Anytime," I lost track of how many CES exhibitors were making the same promise about their interoperable, interconnected, multi-format home-networking facilities. I couldn't even begin to try to confirm whether the wealth of devices or systems would actually serve me "anywhere" and "anytime." Even more significantly at CES last month, I heard countless warnings that these connections are still too difficult and too unreliable. To quote just a few cautionary remarks from prominent industry leaders: Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro in his welcoming remarks: "While

China's booming electronics manufacturing base is set to change U.S. business and branding models forever. By Janet Pinkerton and Joe Paone Not since the arrival of Japanese CE products on these shores during the 1960s has such a fundamental change in the industry fabric occurred as the recent ascendancy of Chinese manufacturers and products. For many years numerous retailers have sourced inexpensive Chinese products and offered them as house brands or impulse buys. Now, however, Chinese companies are building brands, perfecting production, ramping up R&D, delivering innovative features, and they are in a position to change the industry as we know it, for good

Branding partnerships put consumers — and retailers — in the mood to buy. By Janet Pinkerton One-off brand licenses for consumer electronics are common, but ongoing relationships between licensee and licenser are on the rise, as electronics manufacturers and retailers seek to differentiate their products amid commodity pricing and a consolidated retail base. Some companies, like Gemini Industries and Polyconcept USA, built a portfolio of brands as their core business model over time. Gemini's most recent coup occured with Wiley Publishing's "For Dummies" line, aimed at demystifying digital technology. Polyconcept has built a branded line-up of novelty and nostalgic products priced to compete with

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