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. Having completed the tasks set for the six-month transition, in June 2014, Shih stepped down from chairmanship but remains as Honorary Chairman of Acer.
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.
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At the early stage of Acer’s founding, Huang was personally involved with the computer export business and was the first to bring Acer products to international trade shows. From 1980-2000, he took charge of various departments at Acer, including serving as the president of the PC business and as corporate general controller.
Huang has a wealth of experience across industries. As the Transformation Committee’s executive secretary he helped to drive the company restructuring, supervising all the reform plans, interviewing the CEO candidate, and developing the company's new vision and change strategy.
After the rise of the Internet in the mid-nineties, Huang soon entered the field of electronic commerce, including Acer Funtown gaming website (later sold to GigaMedia), Acer-net internet ticketing system (that supported Taiwan’s National Theater & Concert Hall), data center, and information security services. He was responsible for Acer Digital Services Group and involved in Taiwan’s first wave of internet and e-commerce development.
Out of Acer, Huang has served in the telecom industry as the director of Taiwan Mobile and vice chairman of Taiwan Fixed Network.
During his initial retirement, Huang was the independent director for numerous companies including PChome, Taiwan's largest internet e-commerce; Baby Banks, the baby cord blood bank in Taiwan; and Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment Group, the premier film and entertainment company in Hong Kong. Huang was also the independent supervisor for Les Enphants, baby and children’s clothing company; Motech, the solar panel maker; and as consultant for Yuzile sculpture theme park in Guilin, China.
Huang is no stranger to change management, in addition to participating in the re-engineering of Acer in 1992, he also advised the Hong Kong Golden Harvest and Taiwan Fixed Network to restructure successfully. His wealth of experience and vision will be highly beneficial to drive change and transformation in Acer.
Huang was born in February 1949 and graduated from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Engineering.
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.