As CTO of the Nualight Group, Kock will support the Irish group’s global expansion plans, which have seen its staff numbers in Europe and North America exceed 200.
The LightLabs division that he headed at Philips was later incorporated into the Philips Lighting and Philips Research businesses.
Nualight specialises in LED lighting for refrigerated display units, with a customer base included the likes of Tesco and Sainsbury’s. The company said Kock’s appointment is part its strategy of expanding into full-store LED lighting and follows on from the acquisition of Lumoluce last September.
Kock’s experience at LightLabs includes moving from conventional lighting to LED and using digital technology to create ‘intelligent’ fixtures. Before leading LightLabs, Kock directed the back-end development of Philips’ CFL category, and was responsible for operations in Mexico, Poland, China and the Netherlands. He has also worked at Philips Lumileds.
Kock said: ‘Dedication towards a niche application such as food retail is, in my view, a critical factor to success in developing new business opportunities. The combination of dedication and customer intimacy is essential to grasp market opportunities with the pace Nualight has been doing in the past couple of years.
‘The fact that Nualight is very explicit on its financial performance to date is solid evidence that the Nualight group is well on track to meet investors’ expectations. And what is more rewarding in your professional life than contributing to the growth of an ambitious company which helps to reduce the carbon dioxide footprint of this globe?’
Nualight boss Liam Kelly said: ‘Berry Kock is a respected expert in LED lighting, particularly in the area of intelligent control and innovative applications of LED lighting. He brings a wealth of experience to Nualight’s expert development team and will accelerate the achievement of our vision to radically reinvent how lighting is used to drive commercial performance by the world’s leading retailers.’