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Mr. Hu Houkun (Ken Hu)

Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rotating CEO

Born in 1968, Mr. Hu holds a bachelor's degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Mr.Hu joined Huawei in 1990 and has served as President of the Marketing & Sales Dept in China, President of the Latin America Region, President of the Global Sales Dept, Chief Sales & Service Officer, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Chairman of the Global Cyber Security and User Privacy Protection Committee (GSPC), Chairman of the BOD of Huawei USA, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rotating CEO, and Chairman of the HRC.

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Notice on Rotating CEO Tenure

In accordance with Huawei's Rotating CEO system, Mr. Ken Hu will assume the position of Rotating and Acting CEO from October 1st 2017 to March 31st 2018. During their tenure, Rotating CEOs are responsible for companywide operations and crisis management, as well as convening and chairing meetings of the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee and the company’s Executive Management Team.

Ken Hu: Great Opportunities Are the Best Way to Attract Great Talent

[Shenzhen, China, December 8, 2016] In an interview on CNBC's Managing Asia this October, Huawei's Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO Ken Hu discussed a number of key ingredients that have contributed to the company's rapid growth, including Huawei's approach to innovation, its business strategy and management philosophy.

In the interview, Hu broached the topic of smartphones, noting that smart devices will undergo another major transformation by the year 2020. He points to the deployment of 5G and AI as the key driving factors behind this transformation. When it comes to bringing in the best and brightest talent in these fields, Hu believes that the most effective way to attract great people is by providing great opportunities.

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[Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2016] More than 1,500 telecom and vertical leaders, analysts, and media gathered today at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Tokyo, Japan for the seventh annual Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), jointly hosted by Huawei, GSMA, and GTI. During his keynote on three unprecedented development opportunities that await telecom operators in video, household, and vertical markets, Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO of Huawei, called upon operators to build application-centric networks and help establish an open ecosystem. In support of these efforts, he announced X Labs, a new research platform that will bring together operators, technology providers, and vertical industry partners to jointly explore future use cases for mobile applications, drive innovation in business and technology, and promote an open industry ecosystem.

[Hong Kong, China, November 4, 2016] At the 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK 2016), Huawei Rotating CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Board Ken Hu spoke on the current state of Industry 4.0, urging his audience of global business, technology, and government leaders to work more closely together to identify and agree on the fundamental capabilities that will drive its development.

Notice on Rotating CEO Tenure

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Mr. Ken Hu will be the Acting CEO of Huawei from April 1st 2016 to September 30th 2016, according to Huawei Rotating CEO system. The rotating CEO acts as the primary person of the company’s operations and crisis management during his tenure and is responsible for convening and chairing the meetings of Board of Directors’ Executive Committee and the company’s Executive Management Team.Huawei's Chinese market.

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[Shanghai, 16 July 2015] Huawei Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO Ken Hu said deeper and more rapid innovation is needed to develop 5G technology, as virtual reality and other applications create the need for greater network bandwidth.

[Shenzhen, China, June 30, 2015] Huawei's Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO Ken Hu met with Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, the Spanish Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society on June 29, at Huawei's headquarters. Mr. Hu and Mr. Calvo-Sotelo signed multiple agreements on behalf of Huawei and the Spanish government. Under these agreements, the two parties will jointly promote the digital transformation of Spanish companies to help develop smart cities and the digital economy in Spain.

[Munich, 22 May 2015] Companies seeking to innovate successfully must commit to a long-term program of investment in research and development, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO Ken Hu said in a speech about Huawei’s innovation philosophy at the 14th Munich Economic Summit.

Message from the Rotating and Acting CEO in 2014 Annual Report

We will enable broader connections between people and things in the future. In these changing times, being the enabler of this Better Connected World is the ideal role for Huawei.

Fifth-generation mobile technology (5G) will become critical infrastructure in a super-connected world, Ken Hu, Huawei's Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO, said in a keynote at MWC 2015, emphasizing that the 5G vision can be realized only through open cross-industry collaboration, intensive technological innovation, and evolutionary commercialization strategies.

Ken Hu talks 5G with Mobile World Live at MWC 2015

Huawei Rotating CEO Ken Hu talked 5G with Mobile World Live at MWC 2015. "5G will change the role of the telecom industry, it will become a great enabler for industrial revolution." 

[Barcelona, Spain, March 3, 2015]: Fifth-generation mobile technology (5G) will become critical infrastructure in a super-connected world, Ken Hu, Huawei's Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO, said today, emphasizing that the 5G vision can be realized only through open cross-industry collaboration, intensive technological innovation, and evolutionary commercialization strategies. 

The stars wheel as we turn the last page of 2014 and welcome in the New Year. On this festive occasion, on behalf of the management team, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your hard work, and your families for their unwavering understanding and sacrifices. My special thanks go out to all of our customers around the world for their trust, and our partners for their unfailing support. A happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to you all!

[Beijing, China, December 23, 2014]: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha met Huawei Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO Ken Hu to discuss how Thailand can develop its digital economy.

Huawei Highlights a Better Connected Digital Lifestyle and Calls for Industry Collaboration and Regulatory Support for Broadband Business Innovation at the ITU Telecom World 2014

[Shenzhen, China, December 8, 2014]: Huawei showcased its vision of "Building a Better Connected World" at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar held on December 7-10, 2014, outlining a more convenient and smarter lifestyle featuring futuristic 5G connectivity technologies, ubiquitous broadband connectivity, and connected smart cities and smart homes.

[Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 8, 2014]: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met with Huawei Rotating and Acting CEO Ken Hu during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing. The two parties exchanged views about further cooperation for wireless communications networks and information communication technology (ICT) development in Cambodia.

5G is not just the next generation of mobile technology, it is also a critical infrastructure for the future digital world. Ken Hu shared "what 5G will be like" and "why we need 5G” during Summer Davos 2014.

[Qingdao, China, May 16, 2014]: Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO of Huawei, Ken Hu, spoke at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Leader Dialog forum in Qingdao, China today. Mr. Hu pointed, in today's business environment, where capital, goods, talents and knowledge move so fast across the globe, where information technologies are highly advanced, global companies and local companies are no longer two different types of businesses, but becoming one unified concept.

Blog: Three ways to build better digital infrastructure

On April 24th 2014, The World Economic Forum website published a Ken Hu’s blog titled Three ways to build better digital infrastructure. Ken pointed that changes in the way people communicate in the 21st century have created major challenges for telecom operators. The building, maintenance and upgrade of infrastructure are all very capital-intensive, with shorter equipment lifecycles and operators’ stagnant revenues further complicating things.

Building Strong Mobile Broadband, Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution

The next big thing is a new industrial revolution, a revolution driven by ICT. ICT is no longer just a tool to improve efficiency, but an enabler and a catalyst for the transformation of all industries.

Huawei Technologies Focuses on Europe

Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Huawei was interviewed by Wall Street Journal at the sideline of World Economic Forum in Davos. He said that the company spent $3.4 billion in 2013 on procurement. Mr. Hu said that Huawei is focusing on a friendlier Europe, which provides space for Huawei to grwo. Europe is Huawei’s biggest investment destination.

Huawei Calls for Collaboration in Building Broadband Competitiveness at ITU World Telecom 2013

[Bangkok, Thailand, November 19, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has called for greater collaboration across the industry during its participation at the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) World Telecom 2013 event in Bangkok, Thailand.

ICTs & Innovation

Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and rotating CEO of Huawei writes about Huawei’s views on innovation. He argues that open innovation is dependent upon an institutional environment that nurtures, protects and spurs continuous innovation. Elements for such an institutional environment include: market that promotes fair and open trade, an effective system to promote IPR, and long-term investment in infrastructure.

Huawei's CEO: The Innovation Journey To 5G And Beyond Forbes Staff Forbes Staff, Contributor

Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and rotating CEO of Huawei discusses the future trend of ICT industry and Huawei’s journey to 5G. He argues that the future trend requires a faster broadband connection, and that’s why Huawei is developing 5G technologies. He writes that business must be prepared to adapt to the trend of digital society.

Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and rotating CEO of Huawei calls on leveling playing fields for competition, and better protection of IPR during the speech he delivered at Global Innovation Index 2013 event for Asian economies in Shenzhen.

Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and rotating CEO of Huawei said at the Nikkei 2013 Global ICT Summit that the next wave of digital society characterized by big data and big wisdom is taking shape in the next 20 years. Businesses must seize the opportunity to transform.

Huawei Brings a Broader Way to France

[Paris, France, April 17, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today hosted the Broader Way Forum in Paris, the first such event the company has held in France.