TSMC’s Mark Liu, C.C. Wei to join board of directors

The China Post

By Christine Chou — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) co-chief executive officers Mark Liu (劉德音) and C.C. Wei (魏哲家) have been enlisted as candidates for the company’s board of directors.

Chairman Morris Chang (張忠謀) previously told the local media that the two executives would be his successors. Their entry will bring the number of directors to 10. Their seats are scheduled to be confirmed at a June 8 directors meeting. Analysts see this move as a way for Wei and Liu to learn the decision-making procedures of the firm’s board as part of Chang’s plan to train them as his successors.

TSMC stated the two executives will respectively manage different operations within the growing corporation, and both report to Chang. The founder seeks to continue guiding the strategic direction of the company and controlling the company’s financial and legal matters.

Prior to assuming his post, Liu, who is also currently TSMC president, was co-chief operating officer from 2012 to 2013, senior vice president of operations from 2009 to 2012, and senior vice president for advanced technology business. Before serving in multiple executive positions at TSMC, he was the president of Worldwide Semiconductor Manufacturing (世大先進積體電路). Liu holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. C.C. Wei previously served as TSMC’s co-chief operating officer during the same period as Liu, serving before that as senior vice president of business development and senior vice president of main stream technology business. Before joining TSMC, Wei was senior vice president of technology at Chartered Semiconductor and senior manager, Logic and SRAM technology development at ST Microelectronics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Chiao Tung University and later obtained his doctorate from Yale.