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.
Chairman and CEO
Jason Chen has been Chairman and CEO of Acer since 2017. From 2014-2017 Chen served as Corporate President and CEO, during which time he played a pivotal role in driving Acer’s corporate transformation and diversification into new business areas.
Before joining Acer, Chen served at TSMC from 2005 as Vice President of Corporate Development. From 2008 he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.
From 1991 to 2005 Chen enjoyed a 14-year career at Intel, holding a variety of sales and marketing positions in growing capacity. He started at Intel as a sales executive in 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.
Born in 1961, Chen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration concentrating on Communication and Transportation Management at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University. In addition, he holds an MBA degree from the University of Missouri.