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HTC CMO denies rumors of leaving for Ambit Microsystems
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-31 01:01 PM
Media reported that HTC’s chief marketing officer Benjamin Ho will jump ship to Ambit Microsystems Corp., the company founded by Terry Gou, the chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and Foxconn Technology. Ho debunked the rumor early Monday, saying he will stay at HTC.

The Hon Hai-owned Ambit Microsystems embodies Gou’s latest ambition and enthusiastic pursuit of fourth-generation (4G) mobile service business. Hon hai is evolving beyond a multinational electronics contract manufacturing company to become a service provider which offers integrated hardware, software, content and services. Media reported that, to welcome a new age of 4G mobile service and fierce competition, Ambit Microsystems plans to recruit talented professionals in relevant areas with outstanding salary packages as part of a plan to create new peak in 4G mobile business. The rumor of Ho being headhunted by Ambit Microsystems to take the helm as chief of marketing is one of the examples of the war for talent as the curtain comes down on biddings for Taiwan 4G mobile spectrum.

Ho joined HTC in January 2013 and then drew criticism for his strategy to spur growth, generating rumors that he is to be transferred to another function from the marketing department and even that he is leaving HTC. Ho denied all of these rumors Monday.

On the other hand, Gou recently spoke to reporters stating that Hon Hai would do its utmost to hire talented workers, especially for its research and development division, and revealed that its payroll in Taiwan will grow by more than 30% to around 62,000 employees. Also, after hearing that Google Taiwan was looking to hire people in the triple digits, Gou said that if a job applicant could show he had an offer from Google, his company was ready to double or triple the salary the U.S. Internet giant is prepared to pay.

Hon Hai's Ambit Microsystems unit was among the six successful bidders for 4G high-speed mobile spectrum in Taiwan. Ambit Microsystems, which makes routers, modems and wireless devices, plans to start telecom operation in the second half of 2015.

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