Huawei president Ren Zhengfei said the company will continue to use the rotating CEO system it adopted this year in order to prevent infighting. (Photo/CFP)
Ren Zhengfei, president of Huawei, a Shenzhen-based multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company, disclosed in a recent article his ideas about choosing a successor for the company.
Writing in an emotional style, Ren said that while he once believed in heroism, he now understands that unity is the source of a company's strength. He also expressed an admiration for Huawei's rotating CEO system, believing that "successors" will have the wisdom to lead the firm to a prosperous future. Although Ren did not clarify who will take over from him, he did say that the CEO rotation system Huawei adopted this year will be maintained.
Ren mentioned in the article that Sun Yafang, who has served as chair of the Huawei board since 1998 and is regarded as the company's "no. 2 leader," gave significant contributions to the electronics maker before leaving last year. Rumors suggest that Ren is preparing to have his son to take over Huawei, and some suspect Ren of having forced Sun to leave the firm, rumors the company has denied.
Ren said that after going through so many ups and downs, he has realized that personal strength is limited and that strength can be found in unity.
Huawei adopted a hands-off management style when it was founded in 1987. Ten years later, Ren believed that the company had become dominated by separate factions, and decided to restructure it and set up regulations and rules. Ren believes that the CEO rotation system will help prevent the internal struggles that once threatened Huawei's future.
Ren Zhengfei 任正非
Sun Yafang 孫亞芳