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Mr. Ren Zhengfei

Deputy Chairman of the Board, CEO

Born on October 25, 1944 into a rural family where both parents were school teachers, Mr. Ren Zhengfei spent his primary and middle school years in a remote mountainous town in Guizhou Province. In 1963, he studied at the Chongqing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture. After graduation, he was employed in the civil engineering industry until 1974 when he joined the military’s Engineering Corps as a soldier tasked to establish the Liao Yang Chemical Fiber Factory. Subsequently, Mr. Ren had taken positions as a Technician, an Engineer, and was lastly promoted as a Deputy Director, which was a professional role equivalent to a Deputy Regimental Chief, but without military rank. Because of his outstanding performance, Mr. Ren was invited to attend the National Science Conference in 1978 and the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 1982. Mr. Ren retired from the army in 1983 when the Chinese government disbanded the entire Engineering Corps. He then worked in the logistics service base of the Shenzhen South Sea Oil Corporation. As he was dissatisfied with his job, he decided to establish Huawei with a capital of CNY21,000 in 1987. He became the CEO of Huawei in 1988 and has held the title ever since.

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[Shenzhen, China, June 29, 2015] Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei met with King Philippe of Belgium at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China on June 27. King Phillipe led a delegation of government officials and entrepreneurs from Belgium. In addition to visits to the company's exhibition hall and R&D labs, both parties had an in-depth discussion on how Huawei can contribute to Belgium's digital agenda.

[Shenzhen, China, March 27, 2015] Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei met Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte today at Huawei's global headquarters to discuss ICT infrastructure construction and innovation.

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During a recent meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Mr. Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, said that Huawei highly admires and values the competitive advantages of France’s high-tech industry. He added that Huawei’s investments in France will help the company better achieve and manage innovation around the world while, at the same time, benefitting the French economy by improving the competitiveness of the country’s industries and creating new high technology jobs.

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[Shenzhen, China, July 13, 2014]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that its CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei met Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen. President Mulatu visited Huawei’s exhibition halls and had a talk with Mr. Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei is like a big tortoise. In the past 25 years, we have crawled along, not seeing the flowers on the road. While many people have become rich, riding on the rising economy over the last two decades, we still are on our journey of hard work and dedication.

[Shenzhen, China, 16 October 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that Huawei CEO and Founder Ren Zhengfei has met George Osborne, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, at Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen. The Chancellor toured the Huawei R&D laboratories and chaired a meeting of UK high-tech companies visiting China.

[Wellington, New Zealand, May 9, 2013]: Ren Zhengfei, CEO and founder of Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today said the company is committed to bringing value and contributing to New Zealand's digital economy.

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If we can adhere to the principles of “gaining might from a small hole and obtaining benefits from one source”, Huawei will not be the next to fall. However, if we diverge from these principles, Huawei will probably be the next to fall.

[St. Petersburg, Russia, June 22, 2012]: Huawei Founder and CEO, Mr. Ren Zhengfei, today spoke at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to outline Huawei's commitment to enrich life through communications and to address the issue of information security challenges within the industry. Mr. Ren also discussed Huawei's optimism about Russia's growth and development prospects and the company's plans to deepen its roots in Russia through increased investment.