HP Taiwan head announced
Hewlett-Packard (HP) Taiwan Ltd yesterday announced the appointment of Jonathan Yang (楊人捷) as its new head.
Yang will assume roles as managing director of HP Taiwan and vice president of HP global operations, effective beginning June 18, a company statement said.
He took over from Rosemary Ho (何薇玲), who resigned in March.
Yang will be responsible for HP's overall business operations in Taiwan and also overseeing the Technology Solutions Group, which provides storage, software and services to enterprises and the public sector.
Before joining HP, Yang was vice president for worldwide global services at Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), where he helped to set up global services infrastructure to propel high-growth strategies.
Microsoft eyes Yellow Pages
Microsoft Corp is in talks to buy a stake in the Yellow Pages unit of Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), an official at the nation's largest telephone operator said.
Chunghwa is considering a proposal from Microsoft, Michael Lee (李誠偉), special assistant to Chunghwa's chairman, said, declining to specify financial terms. The Taipei-based company is also interested in listing the Yellow Pages unit, Lee said.
NT dollar loses ground
The New Taiwan dollar lost ground against its US counterpart yesterday, in line with the yen, dealers said.
The NT dollar fell NT$0.015 to close at NT$33.385, the weakest level since Dec. 13, 2005, Taipei Forex Inc said. Turnover was US$1.114 billion.
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