Theo Peek joined Philips Research in 1967 after graduating in Mathematics and Physics from Utrecht State University. After various assignments in optical research, he left Research in 1975 and joined a professional Product Division; held various management positions in Optical Disk Mastering and Broadcast Equipment. Moved to Philips Consumer Electronics in 1985 as R & D Director for consumer television. Since 1992 until retirement from Philips at the end of 1999, his position was Director for Technology and Business Development in Philips Business Electronics, mainly dealing with digital broadcast systems, digital receivers and multimedia home terminals. Co-founder of the European Project for Digital Video Broadcasting, and Chairman of the Project since November 1996.