D-Link restructures executive leadership team

D-Link restructures executive leadership team

Names Kao as CEO and chairman and Chen as president

Connectivity service provider, D-Link, has restructured the company’s executive leadership team.

The vendor has named Roger Kao as CEO and chairman and A.P. Chen as president.

According to the board of directors, the changes in leadership mark an opportunity for the company to leverage the strengths of D-Link’s veteran management personnel to develop optimal growth and performance.

Initially helping to lay the foundation for the company's global brand, Kao has had a substantial record of executive leadership in key markets – including North America and Greater China.

He has been a principle figure in the company since August 1986 when his brother, the late D-Link founder Ken Kao, invited him to join the company as general manager of D-Link USA, particularly in the areas of sales and business development.

He then served as president of Cellvision Systems, a D-Link partner company, from 1996 to 2006.

After establishing a strong presence in the West, Kao moved on to Asia, eventually becoming the chairman of D-Link’s Greater China division in 2003. He was appointed in this role prior to being named CEO and chairman of D-Link.

Kao intends to build on D-Link’s heritage by creating a growth engine that will drive the company forward and further advancing the brand worldwide.

“We will extend this success through continued conscientious and aggressive leadership within the industry. D-Link will concentrate on cloud computing and empower consumers through products that expand and enrich the user experience,” he said.

Chen has been a member of D-Link’s board of directors since 1993. Prior to joining D-Link, Chen worked at Citibank and Champion Consulting Group.

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