Replacing Foxconn’s iPhone business chief after the COVID outbreak and protests

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Foxconn had a rough end to 2022. With a COVID-19 outbreak followed by protests, Apple had to make a rare statement about supply chain issues related to the iPhone 14 Pro models. Sales success, the Cupertino company could hardly sell the new high-end models due to these problems.

While it looks like iPhone 14 stock is back to normal, Bloomberg reports that Foxconn has replaced its iPhone business chief. Wang Charng-yang will step back to focus on a role in governance, while Michael Chiang will take charge of this role.

The publication explains why this change took place:

The appointment is part of Chairman Young Liu’s efforts at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Foxconn’s flagship company, to elevate younger executives to maintain leadership of the company’s supply chain in the face of growing competition from Chinese competitors. Foxconn may also face new rivals in India as Apple seeks to further diversify its manufacturing footprint after pandemic-related supply grunts and draconian restrictions wreaked havoc on device output in China.

Bloomberg reports that Chargn-yan had a successful career as Foxconn’s iPhone business chief, as he “helped the company meet the high standards Apple sets.” People familiar with the matter said he “played a critical role in communicating with local government and ensuring Apple’s demands were met” during the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

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On the other hand, Chiang is part of this new generation of young leaders. In 2021, he said in an interview that he went to India three times to help Foxconn build its manufacturing presence in the country.

“The biggest challenge we face in India is the cultural shock, including the caste system. It’s brand new to us,” Chiang said.

In addition, he has an interesting tidbit about how different the production of Android and iPhone is: “For Chinese Android phones, we only need to allocate 100 workers per production line, but for the iPhone, we need 1,200,” Chiang said.

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Now only time will tell how Chiang Foxconn’s leadership will model the new era as Apple tries to diversify its supply chain from outside of China. The iPhone 15 models are coming in less than eight months.

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