Trained as an Aerospace engineer, Michelle Shi –Verdassdonk has worked in Research, R&D, Quality, Supply Chain and Manufacturing in a diverse range of industries, such as automotive, food, household appliances and lighting.

Currently working at Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting), the global leading lighting company with 125 years of innovation, which pioneered the world development of electric light & LED and today a leader in the intelligent lighting systems. Michelle is the Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing. In this role, she leads the manufacturing function across over 40 factories around the world, delivering operational excellence while taking the function through its digital transformation.

Prior to Signify (Philips Lighting), Michelle held various management positions at PepsiCo, Ford Motor Company and Electrolux in Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and USA.

Michelle is a thought leader in Industry 4.0, not only from a technical aspect but also from company strategic impact, change management, competency development and social impact aspects. In recent times, Michelle is advocating diversity and inclusion in the digitalization of “everything”, where diversity needs to be reflected in the world controlled by algorithms.

Michelle now lives in The Netherlands with her husband and two children.