Eva Chen

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Eva Chen
Born Yi-Fen Chen
1959 (age 57–58)
Taichung, Taiwan
Occupation CEO of Trend Micro
Children 2

Eva Yi-Hwa Chen, usually referred to as Eva Chen, is a Taiwanese businessperson and the co-founder and CEO of Trend Micro, the world's largest security firm.[1] In 2010, CRN Magazine named her as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Executives in the Industry". She was fifth on the 2012 Forbes list of "Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen".[2]

Early life[edit]

Chen was born in Taichung, Taiwan. One of her earlier memories was when her house caught fire from some downed telephone wires. She struggled with a fear of telephones for years after the incident.[3]

Chen attended National Chengchi University in Taipei where she earned a degree in philosophy. After graduation she worked briefly in the publishing industry. In 1984 she moved to United States where she received a master's degree in management information systems from the University of Texas at Dallas.[2] Back in Taiwan, she worked briefly for Acer Inc. in their research department[4] before leaving to write for a Chinese newspaper.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1988, she co-founded Trend Micro with her brother-in-law Steve Chang and her sister Jenny. Chen was executive vice president of the company until 1996 when she became chief technology officer. During her tenure as CTO she devised the Network VirusWall.[5] In 2005, she assumed the position of CEO at Trend Micro.[6] In April of the same year, she faced her first challenge when a faulty virus definition file caused PCs equipped with Trend Micro to freeze. Chen redesigned the software architecture to prevent a future malfunction.[3] Under her leadership, Trend Micro has shifted its focus from traditional antivirus to cloud protection, purchasing Canadian security company Third Brigade in 2009[7] and cloud storage service humyo in 2010.[8] In 2012, she received a Cloud Security Alliance Industry Leadership Award for her contributions to cloud security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Personal life[edit]

Chen is married to Daniel Chiang, co-founder of Sina.com.[2] In 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission investigated her for possibly underreporting her Trend Micro holdings.[9]

She resides primarily in Pasadena, California with her son Peter and daughter Melody.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Insane Life of an L.A.-Taiwan-Tokyo Supercommuter - Businessweek
  2. ^ a b c "Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen: Eva Chen". Forbes. March 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Chen, Eva (December 13, 2008). "The Boss". New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Greenberg, Andy (October 4, 2009). "Ten Minutes That Mattered: Trend Micro's Eva Chen". Forbes. Retrieved March 6, 202.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ Heather Clancy; Thomas Zizzo (February 27, 2006). "CRN Interview: Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen". CRN. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Chan, Isabelle (January 6, 2005). "A new Trend emerging". ZDNet. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ruffalo, Rafael (April 30, 2009). "Trend Micro gains bigger Canadian presence". It Business. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Mellor, Chris (June 14, 2010). "Trend Micro lays down bread for humyo cloud service". The Register. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ Leyden, John (July 5, 2006). "Trend Micro CEO in SEC probe". The Register. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ Eva Chen - CEO & Co-founder of Trend Micro