Stan Shih, Acer’s co-founder, returned as Chairman in November 2013 with the objective of leading the company through a third corporate transformation and back to profitability.
Shih dedicated his efforts to promoting public interests after his initial retirement from Acer at the end of 2004. In recent years, he has been publicly speaking on the Wangdao ideology in relation to organizational sustainability in modern times, and hopes to engrain its principles into Acer to reshape the corporate culture. Through this, Shih expects to help Acer set a new business direction, develop more competitive products, and invest in new potential businesses of the future.
A social entrepreneur all his life, Shih serves as the chairman of Stans Foundation and iD SoftCapital Group. In social and public services, he is the chairman of APEC Digital Opportunity Center 2.0 project’s non-government steering committee, and the chairman of National Culture and Arts Foundation. He is on the board of directors of National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center and Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation.
Shih also serves on the Boards of BenQ, Wistron, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Nan Shan Life Insurance Company. He is a former chairman and current member of the Asia Business Council.
In 2007, Shih was a member of Taiwan’s special envoy to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Summit in Sydney, Australia. In recognition of his long-term outstanding contributions, Shih received the Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon from the president of Taiwan in October 2011, and honored as one of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Laureates in 2012.
Shih has received numerous accolades including One of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in Taiwan (1976), The Most Outstanding Young Engineer in Taiwan (1981), and ranked first place in One of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in the World (1983). BusinessWeek named Shih as one of the 25 Top Managers of the Year in 1996. Time featured him in the article “60 years of Asian Heroes” for turning Taiwan into a PC-manufacturing powerhouse.
Shih earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electronics Engineering and honorary Ph.D. from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and an Honorary Doctor of International Law by the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
- Born in Chang-Hwa, Taiwan on December 18, 1944
- Nationality: Taiwan
- Married to Carolyn Yeh with three children
- 1971 – Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan1968 – Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
- 2000 – Honorary Doctor of International Law, Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management
- 1998 – Honorary Fellowship, University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K.
- 1997 – Honorary Doctor of Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- 1992 – Honorary Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
- 1976 ~ 2004 Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Acer Group
- 1972 ~ 1976 Qualitron Industrial Corporation
- 1971 ~ 1972 Unitron Industrial Corporation
- Chairman of Acer Incorporated
- Group Chairman of iD SoftCapital
- Board of Director of BenQ and Wistron
- Board of Director of TSMC and Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
- Chairman of National Culture and Arts Foundation
- Board of Director of National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center and Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation
Awards, Honors, Media Coverage
- 2012 – The First Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Laureate
- 2011 – The Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon
- 2010 – The Lifetime Achievement Reward of the 4th Pan Wen Yuan Prize
- 2010 – The Lifetime Achievement Reward of the 8th Global Chinese
Business Leader, Commonwealth Publishing Group
- 2007 – Taiwan’s Special Envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Sydney, Australia
- 2006 –Time magazine features Shih in article “60 years of Asian Heroes” who turned Taiwan into a PC-manufacturing powerhouse
- 2004 –BusinessWeek selects Shih as one of the 25 Stars of Asia who care deeply about societies and want to make a difference
- 2004 – Taipei Computer Association (TCA) and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) honor Shih for bringing Taiwan’s Computex to become a global top-three IT trade show
- 2004 – Discovery Channel features Shih in the Crossings documentary that traces his life story
- 2003 – Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs presents Shih with the Outstanding Contribution to Brand Building in Taiwan award
- 2003 – CNN TalkAsia interviews Shih, and describes him as ‘A visionary from Taiwan who has put the island on the global IT map’
- 2001 – Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship Award, a program of The Asia Foundation
- 2000 – Asiaweek selects Shih as one of Asia’s Top 25 Digital Elite
- 1999 – Academy of International Business selects Shih as the 1999 International Business Executive of the Year
- 1999 – The 3rd annual Industry Hall of Fame, Computer Reseller News & The Computer Museum
- 1998 – Acer Flexes Its Muscles, on the cover of Electronic Business Asia
- 1997 – The 1997 International Award for Business Excellence, Marshall School, USC
- 1997 – Asia's Wealth Creators Confront a New Reality, Fortune, December edition
- 1997 – Business Hall of Fame, Asia Week
- 1997 – Chiang’s Technology Achievement Award, Chiang Industrial Charity Foundation
- 1996 – One of The 25 Top Managers of the Year, Business Week
- 1995 – The Best Managers of the Past 15 Years, World Executive's Digest
- 1995 – International Chief Executive Officer of the Year, Financial World
- 1995 – Emerging Markets CEO of the Year Award, International
Monetary Fund (IMF) & The World Bank’s annual meeting
- 1994 – Honorary Dato, State of Penang, Malaysia
- 1990 – Outstanding Alumnus of National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
- 1989 – 25 People You Ought to Know for Doing Business in Asia, Fortune
- 1989 – CEO of the Year, Asian Finance
- 1988 – Engineering Medal Award, Chinese Institute of Engineers
- 1988 – The Management Medal, Chinese Management Association
- 1983 – One of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in the World, International Jaycees
- 1981 – Young Model for the Founding of a Business in Taiwan
- 1981 – The Most Outstanding Young Engineer in Taiwan
- 1976 – One of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in Taiwan
- “Smile and Beat Your Own Path”— 2012, published by Commonwealth Publishing Group (Chinese), 2013 published in digital version (English)
- “Global Branding Building Strategies” — 2005, published by Commonwealth Publishing Group (Chinese), by CITIC Publishing House (Simplified Chinese).
- “Millennium Transformation” — 2004, published by Commonwealth Publishing Group (Chinese), by CITIC Publishing House (Simplified Chinese), by Acer Foundation (English)
- “Growing Global” — 2000, published by Commonwealth Publishing Group (Chinese), by John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd (English)
- “Fresh Perspectives” — 1998, published by Linking Publishing House (Chinese).
- “Me-Too Is Not My Style” — 1996, published by Commonwealth Publishing Group (Traditional Chinese), by CITIC Publishing House (Simplified Chinese), by Acer Foundation (English), re-titled “Re-Engineering Acer” (Japanese)
Corporate President & CEO
Jason Chen is the newly appointed Acer Corporate President and CEO since January 1st 2014, taking up the important role of leading Acer through its corporate transformation.
Before joining Acer, Chen served at TSMC from 2005 as the vice president of TSMC Corporate Development. From 2008 he served as senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.
From 1991 to 2005 Chen held a 14-year career at Intel holding a variety of sales and marketing positions in growing capacity. He started at Intel as sales manager of Taiwan and later as regional sales manager of Greater China. Chen then progressed to become vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific region before his last assignment as the corporate vice president of Sales and Marketing Group based in the U.S. headquarters. From 1988 to 1991 Chen worked at IBM Taiwan.
Chen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration concentrating on Communication and Transportation Management at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University, where he has also been honored by the university's North American Alumni Association as an outstanding alumnus. He also has an MBA degree from the University of Missouri in the U.S.
Born in 1961, Chen is married and a prominent person in the IT industry. Since taking the helm at Acer, he has been named one of the “People to Watch in Asia in 2014” by The Wall Street Journal.