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Acer taps TSMC executive as new CEO

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Acer Inc (宏碁), the world’s fourth-largest PC maker by shipments, yesterday announced the appointment of Jason Chen (陳俊聖) as company president and CEO.

The company’s board, which approved the appointment yesterday, said Chen would be assigned an “important role of leading Acer through its corporate transformation.”

Chen, 52, is a senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing at the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電).

“Jason is an excellent manager with extensive management experience and proven execution capability,” Acer chairman and interim CEO Stan Shih (施振榮) said in an e-mailed statement.

“We consider him to be the ideal executive to lead our transformation with his wealth of new thinking, international perspective, and willingness to face this challenge. Moreover, he shares the consensus on our strategy and development for Acer’s future,” Shih said.

After Chen takes office on Jan. 1, Shih will continue serving as company chairman and head of the newly established transformation committee, Acer said. Chen will also join the committee and work with Shih to review Acer’s new business strategies.

TSMC said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday that Chen had tendered his resignation and would leave next month.

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