Stan Shih is the Chairman of StanShih Foundation, and the Co-founder and Honorary Chairman of the Acer Group. Throughout his career and all his life, he has been a social entrepreneur. Since January 2017, he has served as the Honorary Chairman of Major League IoT to promote the rapid transformation of Taiwan industry to face critical challenges in the future.
Mr. Shih serves on the boards of Acer, Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., Ltd., Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation and Chinese Television System, and he is a former board member of TSMC. He is the Chairman of Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation, the Head of Taiwan Connection Fun Club, One Song Orchestra Fun Club, the Convener of the Cultural Tech Alliance, Taiwan, and the Chairman of CTAmbi Investment and Consulting, Inc.
Mr. Shih had the honor of being selected as one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in Taiwan in 1976, The Most Outstanding Young Engineer in Taiwan in 1981, and one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in the World in 1983. He is a former Chairman of the Asia Business Council and a former International Advisory Board (IAB) member of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), a Governor of the Asian Institute of Management, and an Honorary Chairman of the Taiwan Excellent Brand Association. After retiring from Acer in 2004, he acted as the Chairman of the National Culture and Arts Foundation from 2011 to 2016 to build up a platform between the arts and business.
BusinessWeek named Mr. Shih as one of its 25 Top Managers of the Year in 1996. Time featured him in its article “60 years of Asian Heroes” for turning Taiwan into a PC-manufacturing powerhouse. In 2007, Mr. Shih, as Taiwan’s Special Envoy, attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Summit in Sydney, Australia. For his outstanding, long- term contributions, the President honored him with the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon in October 2011 and the first Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Laureate in 2012.
Mr. Shih earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and honorary Ph.D. in electronics engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an Honorary Doctor of International Law from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.