Royce YC Hong, Chairman, Panasonic Taiwan, XING Mobility & IPEVO
Designer by training, entrepreneur by circumstance, and a car enthusiast by obsession, Royce is a business-leader across multiple industries, scales and scopes.
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“I learn something from everyone around me”
Today we are delighted to have with us a designer with training, Entrepreneur by circumstance and a car enthusiast by obsession! Mr. Royce HC Hong. He is the Chairman of Panasonic Taiwan and the CEO of and head of design at IPEVO. He is also the founder of Zinc Mobility.
Panasonic Taiwan has been a part of Mr. Hong’s family for a very long time. His grandfather has also worked towards building the business. Given the situation of the Lockdown, Panasonic Taiwan has hit top sales and figures. It has the largest market share of the home appliance market. Talking about IPEVO, Mr. Hong described it as an internet service application for Skype devices. Digitising the era of video and skype communication, IPEVO products are highly demanded. More than 60% of k-12 American schools have IPEVO products. Due to his passion for cars Mr. Hong started Zinc Mobility, an electric car building startup. He has also managed to develop battery technology, immersion coding and modular car systems. Mr. Garg and Mr. Hong discussed the market status in Taiwan and it’s relationships with the US. Mr. Hong’s career is dynamic and full of experiences.
Designer by training, entrepreneur by circumstance, and a car enthusiast by obsession, Royce is a business-leader across multiple industries, scales and scopes. He concurrently holds positions as Chairman of Panasonic Taiwan, a manufacturer of home appliances and electronic components with over 5 decades in the region, CEO and Big Head of Design at IPEVO Inc, a 10 year-old upstart maker of interactive education devices now used in over 60% of US K12 schools, and XING Mobility, a startup developing advanced electric vehicle technologies through racing and supercars. Royce connects and leverages these diverse commitments by combining design-driven approach with cutting-edge technology. Naturally drawn to and inspired by “Paradigm Shifts”, he focuses on industries undergoing profound change, and that are under-resourced or under-served, using his unique grasp of both technology and creativity to then disrupt and reinvent the status quo. Royce graduated Bachelor of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Bachelor of Graphic Design from the Art Center College of Design. Twice TEDxTaipei speaker, Royce is also the author of the book Driven by Design (有道理的設計) published in 2012 and columnist for Business Weekly (商業周 刊)in Taiwan. Royce is an active member of YPO, and served a number of champion roles in the Taipei chapter and North Asia Region. During his tenure as Education (Learning) Officer for the Taipei Chapter, his education program “Paradigm Shift” received YPO international Best of the Best Overall Education Program Award for 2015-2016.