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Talk of the Day -- HTC Chair 46th most powerful woman: Forbes

Talk of the Day -- HTC Chair 46th most powerful woman: Forbes

Cher Wang, co-founder and chair of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp., ranks 46th in the Forbes Magazine's newly released list of the world's 100 most powerful women. Wang moves up 10 notches on the Forbes' latest global rankings. In 2012, the 54-year-old business executive, ranked 56th. The noted U.S. financial publication applies three metrics -- money, media presence and impact -- in determining the rank of each influential woman on the list of 100. From a preliminary group of over 250 candidates from around the world, Forbes selected the 100 most influential women from seven categories or power bases: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits and NGOs, politics and technology. This year the snapshot of the 100 women with the most impact features nine heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of US$11.8 trillion -- including the No. 1 Power Woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The following are excerpts from local media coverage on the Forbes 2013 list of most powerful women and latest developments in the technology industry: United Evening News: Forbes said that although HTC reported its worst quarter ever (profits down a staggering 98 percent year-on-year in Q1 2013) and major production delays on its latest flagship phone, the new HTC One, Wang is holding on chair of the company she founded in 1997. Under "quietly brilliant" Wang's leadership, HTC has moved from a manufacturer for other brands to a leading Android brand in its own right over the years, Forbes said. HTC, once an undeniable power in the U.S. smartphone market (second only to Apple's iPhone in 2011), is now facing many daunting challenges, including an exodus of talent. The company confirmed Thursday that two of its senior executives -- Jason Gordon, HTC's vice president of global communications, and Kouji Kodera, chief product officer, have left the company to pursue other interests. Some mid- and low-level management personnel already left the company in last year's corporate restructuring and several other executives had also chosen to leave the company earlier this year, according to industry sources. But HTC said the company has a rich talent pool and a well-devised management system to ensure its smooth operations and future development. Meanwhile, HTC unveiled Thursday its first mid-range smartphone featuring the BlinkFeed news feed home screen that was initially available only on its flagship device -- the new HTC One -- as part of its efforts to increase its share in the affordable phone market. The HTC Desire 600 dual sim sports a 4.5-inch display, a 1.2-gigahertz quad-core processor and the Sense 5.0 user interface, enabling two SIM cards to be active at the same time. It will be HTC's first model to boast its Sense 5.0 user interface. The new phone is scheduled for launch in major countries around the world early next month, HTC CEO Peter Chou said. (May 23, 2013). Commercial Times: United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), Taiwan's second largest semiconductor foundry, said Wednesday it will invest US$110 million this year to transform its Fab 12i in Singapore into a Center of Excellence that will focus on developing advanced special technologies production of memory chips for mobile devices. UMC will collaborate with major Singapore-based research institutes in developing advanced BSI CMOS, TSV and other technologies. Industry analysts said UMC's plan would help largely enhance the company's profitability. (May 23, 2013). (By Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-03-03 17:39 GMT+08:00