TAIPEI, March 17 Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision
Industry Co Ltd, the world's largest contract
assembler of electronic goods, has established a think-tank to
seek out a future successor for chairman and chief executive
officer Terry Gou, Taiwan's Economic Daily News reported on
A spokesman for the company confirmed Hon Hai has set up a
think-tank that will be led by Dr. Steven Yang, head of one of
the main divisions at the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research.
The spokesman declined to comment on the paper's report that
the think-tank's mission is to find a successor for Gou, and
declined to comment on when Gou might leave his position.
The move comes amid broader changes at Hon Hai, better known
under its trading name of Foxconn.
The company, which is the main supplier of products for tech
giant Apple Inc, has express its intent to move away
from pure contract manufacturing, purchasing a license to
operate part of the wireless telecom spectrum in Taiwan and
entering into a deal with Mozilla to create content for its
(Reporting by Michael Gold; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)