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Derek Wright
Global Director of Office, Education, & Municipal Buildings at Signify (Previously known as Philips Lighting)


Derek has over 18 years of experience in high technology Global organizations including 3 mobile, Sony & Samsung.   Derek’s focus is in bringing technology to market where it truly adds value for the users and bringing large market share growth in the process.

Derek is now globally responsible for office, education and municipal buildings in Signify. This ranges from the simplest system to connected lighting as demonstrated in the World’s most sustainable building “The Edge” in Amsterdam.

Derek developed the connected lighting value proposition with every light point having embedded sensors as key enabler to drive IOT into the Lighting domain. The solution delivers a scalable and adaptable information platform for building owners and service providers. Through this approach Lighting becomes a pathway for information and services for global customers and partners of Signify.

Derek is an early adopter and sometimes can be heard talking to his “Smarthome” in the Netherlands

Derek has a Masters in Engineering with Honors from University of Exeter

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: Reaping what has been sown: the realities of smart buildings