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The 15th Board of Directors The 14th Board of Directors

As the highest policy and management body of the Company, Advantech's Board of Directors not only formulates regulations and measures in accordance with relevant laws and regulations and the powers entrusted by the shareholders' meeting, but also supervises each item of implementation results.

Key Responsibilities of the Board of Directors:

  1. Review corporate business plan.
  2. Review the financial report of the Company.
  3. Formulate a valid and proper internal control system.
  4. Supervise and handle all risks faced by the Company.
  5. Design and formulate the direction, strategy and tactics of corporate management.
  6. Hiring or dismissal of an attesting CPA, or the compensation given thereto

Biographies

Title Name Selected Education & Past Positions
Chairman K.C. Liu
  • Current Positions : Founder and CEO of Advantech、Honorary Director of Intelligence Industry Computer IoT Association
  • Experience : Former salesman of Instruments Dept. of Hewlett-Packard
  • Education : Department of Telecommunications Engineering, National Chiao Tung University
Director
(Non-executive)
Jeff Chen
  • Experience: VP of Stanley Black & Decker and President of Asia Region
  • Education : EMBA, Northwestern University
Director
(Non-executive)
Ji-Ren Lee
  • Current Positions: Independent Director of Delta Electronics Inc.、Independent Director of VIVOTEK Inc.、Independent Director of ACER Incorporated.
  • Experience: Associate Dean, College of Management and Executive Director, EMBA Program, National Taiwan University
  • Education: Ph. D in Strategic Management, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Director K and M Investment Co., Ltd
Representative: Wesley Liu
  • Current Positions: Director of Advantech Human Resources Department
  • Experience: Director of Advantech Intelligent City Services Co., Ltd.
  • Education : Johns Hopkins University GMBA
Director AIDC Investment Corp.
Representative Tony Liu
  • Current Positions: Director of Advantech Corporate Investment Department.
  • Experience: Product Manager of Advantech Intelligent Imaging Business Unit.
  • Education: Master of Business Administration, National Taiwan University
Director
(Non-executive)
Advantech Foundation.
Representative Chaney Ho
  • Current Positions: Independent Director of Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
  • Experience : General manager of Advantech、General manager of Le Wel Co., Ltd.
  • Education : Tatung Institute of Technology ,Taiwan
Independent Director Ming-Hui Chang
  • Current Positions: Independent Director of Uni-President Enterprises Corp.
  • Experience: Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Co., Ltd.、CEO/Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Adjunct Professor
  • Education: Ph.D. in Accounting, University of Maryland
Independent Director Benson Liu
  • Current Positions: Independent Director of Vanguard International Semiconductor Co.
  • Experience: Chairman and President of Bristol-Myers Squibb (Taiwan) Ltd. Director legal representative of The Maywufa Biopharma Group, independent director of Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation, and independent director of Chenbro Micom Co., Ltd.
  • Education : Master, International Business Administration, University of Northrop, USA
Independent Director Chan-Jane Lin
  • Current Positions : Professor, Department of Accounting, National Taiwan University、Independent Director of Focal Tech Systems Co., Ltd.
  • Experience: Independent Director of Fubon Securities Co., Ltd.
  • Education : Ph.D. in Accounting ,University of Maryland

Director’s tenure: 2023/05/25~2026/05/24

List of Board members, Professional Expertise and Industry Experiences

Advantech Co., Ltd. values corporate governance and the functions of the Board of Directors. The selection of members of the Board of Directors adheres to our diversity policy with a comprehensive evaluation of industry background, education and background, professional domain, and gender equality, in an attempt to facilitate diverse viewpoints.

The 15th Board of Directors comprises nine directors. In particular, three seats are independent directors, accounting for 33% of all Board of Directors members. With the principle of gender equality, the 15th Board of Directors has recruited one seat of female directors (11%) and has specified the minimum ratio of female directors in the regulations < Corporate Governance Best Practice Principiples >. In the future, the ratio will continue to strengthen and increase accordingly. All directors are of Taiwanese nationality while the age distribution of members include 1 directors aged between 31-40 years old (11%), 1 directors aged between 41-50 years old (11%), 6 directors aged between 61-70 years old (67%) and 1 director aged between 71-80 years old (11%).

Industry and Professional Background:

Chairman Liu, as the founder of Advantech, has striven to direct Advantech towards the goal of globalization since the incorporation of the company through continuous development, innovation, and application. In view of the vigorous development of the global Internet of Things (IoT) in recent years, he has actively cooperated with partners to “create” an industrial ecosystem and to promote IoT software and hardware solutions with the industrial IoT cloud platform WISE-IoT as the core. Chairman Liu for the purpose of realizing the values based on altruism has led Advantech to implement ESG based on the core capabilities of the company, to expand its social influence, and to move towards the goal of sustainable development.

Director Chaney Ho is the co-founder of Advantech with a focus on Advantech’s global business marketing, branding, and operation management, and plans to promote Advantech’s vision plan of “Enabling an Intelligent Planet” in order to accelerate Advantech’s entering the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Therefore, Advantech has been awarded the honor of being ranked in the top 5 of “Branding Taiwan” since the year of 2004 to the present. Director Chaney Ho also serves as an independent director of Giant Group concurrently.

Director Wesley Liu has experience in smart cities, smart retail system integration (SI) solutions, and Internet of Things (IoT) development, as well as experience in talent strategy development and comprehensive management.

Director Tony Liu has the necessary work experience for commerce and business affairs, and is profession at operational judgment, accounting and financial analysis, business management, crisis management, industry knowledge, international market outlook, leadership, and decision-making capability.

Director Ji-Ren Lee worked at National Taiwan University from 2005 to 2020, and successively served as deputy dean of the School of Management and executive director of EMBA, deputy dean of teaching and resource development of the School of Management, and director of the Creativity & Entrepreneurship Program and Innovation Center. Director Li has been awarded the Honorary Professor of the Department of International Business, National Taiwan University after his retirement in 2020. Director Lee has expertise and experience in business strategy, talent development, risk management, and financial analysis; also, he has more than five years of work experience needed for the company’s business. He was the Associate Executive Officer of Yulon Group in 1982, which is the kind of work experience related to the GICS industry.

Director Jeff Chen was the former global vice president and Asia president of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. who has management experience in large-scale international enterprises, M&A strategy execution, and a profound understanding of technology expertise.

Independent Director Benson Liu has professional knowledge and skills in financial accounting, corporate governance, operation management, etc., and is familiar with relevant laws and regulations. He’s experiences included: Chairman and President of Taiwan Bristol-Myers Squibb (Taiwan) Ltd., the sixth chairman of Taiwan Corporate Governance Association, and the current standing director. Serving as directors and independent directors concurrently: Director legal representative of The Maywufa Biopharma Group, independent director of Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation, and independent director of Chenbro Micom Co., Ltd.

Independent Director Chan-Jane Lin has expertise in financial accounting, business management, and corporate governance. She is currently serving as a professor at the Accounting Department of National Taiwan University and an adjunct professor at the School of Management of National Taiwan University. She also serves as the convener of supervisors of Taiwan Corporate Governance Association, and the supervisor of the Securities and Futures Investors Protection Center. Important experience: Independent director of Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd., independent director of Fubon Life Insurance Co., Ltd., and independent director of Fubon Securities Co., Ltd. Concurrently serving as an independent director: Independent director of FocalTech Systems Co., Ltd.

Independent Director Ming-Hui Chang was the former chairman of PwC Foundation and the director of PwC Taiwan who has professional accounting and financial knowledge; he also, has a profound understanding of the international market and sufficient experience in risk management. Professional certification and license: Certified Public Accountant of the Republic of China. Independent Director Chang also serves as an independent director of Uni-President Enterprise Corp.He is currently serving as the chairman of the Association of Sustainable Social Enterprise of Taiwan (ASSET) with expertise in sustainability.

The Board of Directors composes of elites from the industries and academic circle, who own abundant personal insight, international market perspective, professional academic abilities, corporate operation and management, and risk management. The members make optimal and excellent contributions to the corporate operations and management, accomplishing the diversified and specific management objectives of the Board of Directors. The specification of the industry experience and composition of diversification are described in the following table:

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Advantech Co., Ltd.
Independent Director Qualification Criteria

The independent directors of the Company not only have to meet the qualification requirements as stipulated in Article 3 of Regulations Governing Appointment of Independent Directors and Compliance Matters for Public Companies but also refer to DJSI criteria for determining independence as an additional reference.

Independence Criteria Ming-Hui Chang Benson Liu Chan-Jane Lin
  1. The director must not have been employed by the company in an executive capacity withinthe last year.
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  1. The director must not accept or have a “Family Member who accepts any payments from the company or any parent or subsidiary of the company in excess of $60,000 during the current fiscal year” other than those permitted by SEC Rule 4200 Definitions.
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  1. The director must not be a family member of an individual who is, or during the past three years was employed by the Company or by any subsidiary of the Company as an executive officer.
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  1. The director must not be (and must not be affiliated with a company that is) an advisor or consultant to the Company or a member of the consulting company’s senior management.
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  1. The director must not be affiliated with a significant customer or supplier of the Company.
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  1. The director must have no personal services contract(s) with the Company or a member of the Company’s senior management.
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  1. The director must not be affiliated with a not-for-profit entity that receives significant contributions from the Company.
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  1. The director must not have been a partner or employee of the company’s outside auditor during the past year
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  1. The director must not have a conflict of interest with the board of directors itself while serving as a director.
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