I had the pleasure of meeting Fu-Chieh earlier this year at the TSMC Technology Day at the San Jose Convention center. Fu-Chief was one of the speakers where there was no hint of disengagement of any sorts from his duties & role at TSMC. I enjoyed his presentation which also addressed backend and 3D integration.
I wouldn't be surprised if he resurfaces in a senior management role at Global Foundries (which seems to be on a hiring binge)!
Dr. MP Divakar
Talents not to be lost it is sad loosing a talent from the company. Always every where there will be lot of politics and ego among techinical gurus . The top management needs to amicably solve these issues. Here no judgements will work. Some how the skilled to be tied together to get the best.Now that this place may be filled by another talented person but that will be a different talent pool and actually only time can tell the success.
The fact that someone of Hsu's calibre resigned, and it is being downplayed suggests that everything was not kosher in his departure. Since he was instrumental in pushing TSMC into new arenas of innovation, the company does not want to cause any market worries or hesitation. As it is, there is a lot of anxiety in the semi industry now as markets are waking back up, and many foundry customers find they are being put on allocation.
It really depends how replaceable one is in the organisation. A job that is easily replicated by others will most likely not carry much influence in the company. However an exceptional individual will most likely have greater influence, be it in a technical or non-technical role. As for Steve jobs I think he is just a shrewd businessman. He is good for Apple.
There is saying in sanskrit "Yata raja tata praja". Which means people will be like how the king will be. And i belive this applies here as well. The key decisions which the head of the companies make definitely affect the performance of the comapny.
@goafrit: Yes, for certain, one person like Steve Jobs, no matter what, can change a company. I have to assume that you have very limited knowlege on the history of Apple Computer, before and after Steve Jobs was fired, the disasterous time thereafter and the revival and comeback of Apple after he returned as CEO.
It takes sound and competent leadership, something unfortunately missing in many, too many corporations here in the good old USA.
It is media illusion. No person can change a technical company, including Jobs. Yes, Jobs got the new Apple ready, but product design is more than one man. It involves units and depts which Jobs may have faint ideas about.
I must agree with one of the comments made earlier, this is very unusual for a person at this senior level to resign and there’s no public announcement. Thanks for this article, I hope Mark LaPedus will do a follow-up to help answer the question “Why?” Fu-Chieh Hsu resigned. I believe it will be very interesting.
It strikes me as unusual that someone at that level would just resign and there be no public announcement, especially "2 weeks ago". Normally I would expect at least a generalized company statement with an interim person named as taking over the responsibilities for the time being. I wonder what precipitated his leaving?
Certainly the article presents things as though Hsu's departure is exactly what TSMC wanted (or at least something they aren't particularly worried about) and iniewski's comment/question gets to the point (as far as TSMC is concerned); TSMC is probably at a stage in its growth and maturity where Hsu's departure should not hold it back. It's been TSMC's business to lose for the most part and, for the most part, it's recently looked as though the approach of old was at risk of losing that business. Will enjoy hearing what Fu-Chieh Hsu has to say when and if he is less quiet about the direction TSMC could and should have gone.