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.
Born in Chang-Hwa, Taiwan on December 18, 1944
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
2013 ~ 2014 Chairman, Acer Inc.
1976 ~ 2004 Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Acer Group
1972 ~ 1976 Qualitron Industrial Corporation
1971 ~ 1972 Unitron Industrial Corporation
Honorary 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)
George Huang was appointed as Chairman of Acer in June 2014, taking over the important role from Stan Shih to lead Acer through its third corporate transformation. As one of the company co-founders, Huang returned in November 2013 as executive secretary of the Transformation Committee to support Shih and the management team. He has been a long-serving member of Acer’s Board of Directors and therefore is well-acquainted with the Board and the management practices.
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.
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.