Peter Chou (周永明), chief executive officer of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電), has been named as one of the torchbearers for the London Olympic Games, the company announced yesterday.
Chou will be among the 8,000 people who will carry the Olympic flame on a 70-day tour of the UK, starting on May 19. He will run with the torch in London on July 6, three weeks before the opening ceremony on July 27.
“I’m honored to be named as one of the torchbearers of the London 2012 Olympic Games,” Chou said. “I hope I can shine on behalf of Taiwan.”
Each runner will carry a gold-colored triangular torch.
Chou said the honor also means a lot to HTC, as the company started in Europe and began its brand road map in London in 2006. This deeply demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to consumers in Europe, he said.
The Olympic Flame stands for peace, unity and friendship. It will be lit in Greece and will arrive in the UK on May 18, where it will be carried through 1,019 communities.