Matthew Miau is the chairman of MiTAC-SYNNEX Group, one of Taiwan's leading high-tech industrial groups.
Matthew Miau received a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley, and later earned his MBA from Santa Clara University.
While working as an engineer at Intel, he was a member of the design team of Intel's well-known 8080 family of microprocessors. His subsequent position as marketing manager at Intel gave him an integrated view of managing a fast-growing company. In 1976, Mr. Miau returned to Taiwan to assume leadership of the high-tech aspects of his family's conglomerate, including the setup of a petrochemical corporation which later was taken public. One of his first initiatives was to form MiTAC, Inc., the company that pioneered the computer industry in Taiwan.
Starting out as a distributor of Intel products and publisher of a personal computer magazine, the company under Mr. Miau's direction grew into a global group of information technology companies which continue to play a key role in Taiwan's industrial development. These companies include MiTAC International, a global manufacturer of personal computers and monitors; GETAC, a join venture with Lockheed Martin developing defense electronics; Synnex Technology International, a joint venture into components and peripherals distribution with the British Lex Group. Mr. Miau has become something of an elder statesman in Taiwanese business circles because of his role in promoting high tech industry and establishing infrastructures in the high tech arena.
In addition to launching the computer industry in Taiwan, Mr. Miau has helped formulate legislation encouraging the development of the country's information technology industry, and played a key role in establishing Taiwan's Silicon Valley, the Hsinchu Science-Based Park. He is also known locally as "Mr. Joint Venture," owing to the numerous joint ventures and strategic alliances he has forged with industry giants. He was the impetus behind the privatization of Wyse Technology by a group of Taiwanese investors.more » « less