TSMC Chairman Morris Chang to retire June 2018

TSMC Chairman Morris Chang announces he will retire in June 2018

(By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang today (Oct. 2) formally announced that he would officially retire from his leadership role in the company effective in June of 2018.

The announcement reads as follows:

"I will retire from the Company immediately after the Annual Shareholders Meeting in early June, 2018. I will not be a director in the next term of the board of directors. Nor will I participate in any TSMC management activities after the Annual Shareholders Meeting in early June, 2018. From early June, 2018 on, TSMC will be under the dual leadership of Dr. Mark Liu and Dr. C.C. Wei. Dr. Mark Liu will be the Chairman of the Board, and Dr. C.C. Wei will be the Chief Executive Officer. 

All present directors of the board have agreed to be nominated, and if elected, serve as directors of the board during the next term. They have also agreed to support the afore-mentioned dual leadership of the Company under Drs. Liu and Wei.”

Chang then added:

"The past 30-odd years, during which I founded and devoted myself to TSMC, have been an extraordinarily exciting and happy phase of my life. Now, I want to reserve my remaining years for myself and my family. Mark and CC have been Co-CEO’s of the Company since 2013, and have performed outstandingly.

After my retirement, with the continued supervision and support of an essentially unchanged board, and under the dual leadership of Mark and CC, I am confident that TSMC will continue to perform exceptionally”.

Born in Ningbo, Zhejiang, in the Republic of China in 1931, Chang received bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1952 and 1953, respectively. He then went on to work at Texas Instruments where he rise in the ranks to become vice president in charge of the company's worldwide semiconductor business. 

In 1987, he founded TSMC, which soon became one of the world's most profitable chip manufacturers and is now the world's largest independent semiconductor foundry. In May of this year, TSMC's market capitalization rose to NT$5.25 trillion (US$174 billion), surpassing that of rival Intel Corp.

Chang handed the CEO position to Rick Tsai in 2005, but took the helm again in 2009 and has continued to serve in that capacity to the present.