1959 (age 61–62)
|Occupation||CEO of Trend Micro|
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. 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".
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.
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. Back in Taiwan, she worked briefly for Acer Inc. in their research department before leaving to write for a Chinese newspaper.
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. In 2005, she assumed the position of CEO at Trend Micro. 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. Under her leadership, Trend Micro has shifted its focus from traditional antivirus to cloud protection, purchasing Canadian security company Third Brigade in 2009 and cloud storage service humyo in 2010. In 2012, she received a Cloud Security Alliance Industry Leadership Award for her contributions to cloud security in the Asia-Pacific region.
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