Terry Gou won’t reclaim Foxconn leadership: Aide

Terry Gou's Facebook post on Oct.30 let many people surmise that he will retake Foxconn leadership. (Terry Gou's Facebook)
Terry Gou's Facebook post on Oct.30 let many people surmise that he will retake Foxconn leadership. (Terry Gou's Facebook)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The founder and former chairman of iPhone assembler Foxconn, Terry Gou (郭台銘), doesn’t have any plans to reclaim the leadership of his company, also called Hon Hai Precision Industry, according to a senior member of Gou’s office.

Speaking to the media, Amanda Liu (劉宥彤), CEO of the Yonglin Education Foundation (永齡慈善教育基金會) operating under Foxconn, responded on Thursday to media inquiries regarding a Facebook post made a day earlier by the successful businessman.

“My recent focus has been back to a familiar working environment,” Gou wrote, leading to heated discussions online about his future plans. He later deleted this quote from the post.

Gou withdrew from the position of chairperson earlier this year after he announced his intention to run in the Kuomintang (KMT) primary for the 2020 presidential election.

He was mulling an independent run for president after losing the Kuomintang (KMT) presidential primary in mid-July to Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜). He withdrew from the opposition party on Sept. 12.

Speculation surrounding his candidacy again picked up when Gou allegedly tried to ally himself with independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to launch a third force in the 2020 race against Taiwan’s two major parties, the KMT and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Contrary to all expectations, Gou announced on Sept. 16 that he will not run for the presidency in the January election, but will continue to participate in political affairs. On Sept. 28, he then asked that his supporters turn their attention to the Legislative Yuan, and help vote only the most suitable candidates into office.