Management team

Dr. Jacob Tarn

Dr. Jacob Tarn

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr. Jacob Tarn has been Chief Executive Officer of LEDVANCE since 1 February 2018. He has more than 30 years of international experience in the global LED/lighting market. Before joining LEDVANCE, Jacob was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., where he was in charge of the LED business unit for several years. Before that he founded and managed several companies, as for example TSMC – Solid State Lighting and EPISTAR. He received his PhD from North Carolina State University in the USA.

Redefining our business for the future is the highest priority of Jacob. He also sees growth in the very promising areas of LED luminaires, LED lamps, and smart home solutions as particularly important.




Tim Yun Chen

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Tim Yun Chen has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of LEDVANCE since 1 July 2018. He looks back on more than 15 years of experience in leading management positions and brings more than ten years of market experience in the lighting industry. For 12 years, Chen worked for the lighting company OSRAM, out of which he spent around five years in their Munich headquarters. His most recent position at OSRAM was as CFO for the Asia-Pacific region.



Erol Kirilmaz

Erol Kirilmaz

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO)

Our Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Erol Kirilmaz, has over 20 years’ experience in his field. During this time, he has built up a reputation as a specialist in B2B and high-tech industries. Erol’s time at OSRAM has been enriched by many years of international experience. His posts since 2006 include Managing Director of OSRAM in Turkey and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In 2012, he was entrusted with responsibility for managing sales and marketing at OSRAM throughout the world. Starting July 2015, Erol has been Chief Sales and Marketing Officer in the Lamps business area. Since the carve-out from OSRAM he holds the same position at LEDVANCE.


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