Although she's the co-founder and chairwoman of HTC, Cher Wang keeps an extremely low-profile and is rarely seen in public. In fact, an October 2008 New York Times article described Cher Wang as one of the most powerful female executives in technology whom you have never heard of. That might be true about Wang, but it's certainly not true of her company. Over the past two years, HTC has been building its brand and is rapidly becoming a household name.
Wang is a member of a well-known technology dynasty in Taiwan. Her father, Wang Yung-Ching, founded the plastics and petrochemicals firm Formosa Plastics Group, and was considered one of the richest men in Taiwan. Her sister started First International Computer, which makes motherboards.
Wang founded HTC in 1997 as a maker of notebook computers. A few years later the company decided to focus on handheld devices instead. The company was the first to build a phone using Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system for smartphones.
Wang was instrumental in getting Google to agree to let HTC build the first Android-based cell phone, the G1. That move put HTC in the spotlight in 2009, and the company has gone on to build many more Android-based smartphones, most of which have had great success with consumers.
In fact, the Taiwanese company's second-quarter sales grew to $4.32 billion, more than double the year-ago period. In fact, the company hit its 11 million unit shipment target for the quarter and is poised for continued growth. Right now the company is looking for the Sensation, which launched last month with T-Mobile USA, to be a success.