Jelto Kromwijk Smits

Venture Partner

Jelto Kromwijk Smits joined Prime in 2009 from Philips where he held various senior management positions. His last position before joining Prime was that of Senior Vice President in charge of the Technology Incubator.

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Jelto Kromwijk Smits
jelto[at]primeventures.com

+31 20 20 508 20

Jelto Kromwijk Smits joined Prime in 2009 from Philips where he held various senior management positions.

His last position before joining Prime was that of Senior Vice President in charge of the Technology Incubator, which he established in 2002 at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The incubator was set up to institutionalize Philips’ efforts in creating high-potential, technology based ventures, with which Philips has been quite successful over the years. During his leadership a large number of ventures were started, part of which was spun out and became independent companies.

Until 2001, Jelto was manager of the Philips Corporate Strategy group at its headquarters in Amsterdam, in which capacity he contributed to the strategic turnaround of Philips as well as to a number of high-profile M&A projects. He moved there in 1994 after a technical career of 17 years in Philips Research where he was active in the development of break-through technologies in the domain of magnetic recording materials and devices.

Jelto obtained a PhD in Physics (cum laude) from the University of Groningen, complemented by executive business education at IMD, MCE and Harvard. Jelto served on the board of IPDiA (sold to Murata), Silicon Hive (sold to Intel), and Liquavista (sold to Samsung).