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Board of Directors

As the highest policy and management body of the Company, Advantech's Board of Directors not only formulates regulations and measures in accordance with relevant laws and regulations and the powers entrusted by the shareholders' meeting, but also supervises each item of implementation results.

Key Responsibilities of the Board of Directors:

  1. Review corporate business plan.
  2. Review the financial report of the Company.
  3. Formulate a valid and proper internal control system.
  4. Supervise and handle all risks faced by the Company.
  5. Design and formulate the direction, strategy and tactics of corporate management.
  6. Hiring or dismissal of an attesting CPA, or the compensation given thereto


Title Name Selected Education & Past Positions
Chairman K.C. Liu
  • Current Positions : Founder of Advantech、Honorary Director of Intelligence Industry Computer IoT Association
  • Experience : CEO of Advantech、Former salesman of Instruments Dept. of Hewlett-Packard
  • Education : Department of Telecommunications Engineering, National Chiao Tung University
Director Advantech Foundation.
Representative Chaney Ho
  • Current Positions: Independent Director of Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
  • Experience : General manager of Advantech、General manager of Le Wel Co., Ltd.
  • Education : Tatung Institute of Technology ,Taiwan
Director AIDC Investment Corp.
Representative Donald Chang
  • Current Positions: Independent Director of CHUNG HWA PULP Corp.、Independent Director of E INK Holdings Inc.
  • Experience: President of Greater China of 3M
  • Education : Chinese Culture University
Director K and M Investment Co., Ltd
Representative: Wesley.Liu
  • Current Positions: Director of Advantech Human Resources Department
  • Experience: Director of Advantech Intelligent City Services Co., Ltd.
  • Education : Johns Hopkins University GMBA
Independent Director Jeff Chen
  • Experience: VP of Stanley Black & Decker and President of Asia Region
  • Education : EMBA, Northwestern University
Independent Director Benson Liu
  • Current Positions: Independent Director of Global Unclip Corp.、Independent Director of Vanguard International Semiconductor Co.
  • Experience: Chairman and President of Bristol-Myers Squibb (Taiwan) Ltd.
  • Education : Master, International Business Administration, University of Northrop, USA
Independent Director Chan-Jane Lin
  • Current Positions : Professor, Department of Accounting, National Taiwan University、Independent Director of Focal Tech Systems Co., Ltd.
  • Experience: Independent Director of Fubon Securities Co., Ltd.
  • Education : Ph.D. in Accounting ,University of Maryland

List of Board members, Professional Expertise and Industry Experiences

Advantech Co., Ltd. values corporate governance and the functions of the Board of Directors. The selection of members of the Board of Directors adheres to our diversity policy with a comprehensive evaluation of industry background, education and background, professional domain, and gender equality, in an attempt to facilitate diverse viewpoints.

The 14th Board of Directors comprises seven directors. In particular, three seats are independent directors, accounting for 43% of all Board of Directors members. With the principle of gender equality, the 14th Board of Directors has recruited one seat of female directors (14%) and has specified the minimum ratio of female directors in the regulations < Corporate Governance Best Practice Principiples >. In the future, the ratio will continue to strengthen and increase accordingly. All directors are of Taiwanese nationality while the age distribution of members includes 1 director aged between 31-40 years old (14%), 5 directors aged between 61-70 years old (72%) and 1 director aged between 71-80 years old (14%).

Industry and Professional Background:

Chairman K.C Liu is the founder of Advantech Co., Ltd., who constantly develops innovation and applications since the foundation of the company, pushing Advantech towards global objectives. In recent years, in view of the thriving development of global IoT, the Company actively co-establishes the industry ecology circle with partners, and carries forward the software/hardware solutions based on WISE-PaaS/IoT. Driven by altruism-based value, Advantech implements ESG from the core expertise based on the industry and thereby expands its social impact, shifting towards sustainability objectives.

Director Chaney Ho is the co-founder of Advantech, with a long-term focus on the global sales and marketing of Advantech, and brand and operation management. He plans and promotes the vision as the “Enabling an Intelligent Planet” in order to accelerate the process of Advantech entering the IoT industry. Consequently, Advantech has won the top five places in international brands from Taiwan for several years since 2004.

Director Wesley Liu has experience related to smart city, smart retail system integration (SI) solutions and IoT development, and he also has experience in talent strategic development and comprehensive management.

Director Donald Chang is the former President of 3M China Region with ability in multinational management and leadership.

Independent director Jeff Chen is the former vice president and president of Asia at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc, who owns experience in large international enterprise management, execution of M&A strategies and in-depth understanding of technological and professional knowledge.

Independent director Benson Liu is the executive director of the Taiwan Corporate Governance Association with professional knowledge and skills in accounting and management, as well as familiarity with relevant laws and regulations.

Independent Chan-Jane Lin is the professor of Accounting Department of National Taiwan University with an education background in finance, business, and management, and research in corporate governance.

The Board of Directors composes of elites from the industries and academic circle, who own abundant personal insight, international market perspective, professional academic abilities, corporate operation and management, and risk management. The members make optimal and excellent contributions to the corporate operations and management, accomplishing the diversified and specific management objectives of the Board of Directors. The specification of the industry experience and composition of diversification are described in the following table:

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Independent Director Qualification Criteria

The independent directors of the Company not only have to meet the qualification requirements as stipulated in Article 3 of Regulations Governing Appointment of Independent Directors and Compliance Matters for Public Companies but also refer to DJSI criteria for determining independence as an additional reference.

Each independent director’s status in relation to DJSI’s independence criteria are as the table below:

Independence Criteria Jeff Chen Benson Liu Chan-Jane Lin
  1. The director must not have been employed by the Company in an executive capacity within the last five years.
  1. The director must not accept or have a family member who accepts any payments from the Company or any subsidiary of the Company in excess of USD 60,000 during the current fiscal year or any of the past three fiscal years, other than those permitted by SEC Rule 4200 Definitions.
  1. The director must not be a family member of an individual who is, or during the past three years was employed by the Company or by any subsidiary of the Company as an executive officer.
  1. The director must not be (and must not be affiliated with a company that is) an advisor or consultant to the Company or a member of the consulting company’s senior management.
  1. The director must not be affiliated with a significant customer or supplier of the Company.
  1. The director must have no personal services contract(s) with the Company or a member of the Company’s senior management.
  1. The director must not be affiliated with a not-for-profit entity that receives significant contributions from the Company.
  1. The director must not have been an auditor or accountant of the Company during the past three years.
  1. The director must not have a conflict of interest with the board of directors itself while serving as a director.