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Sean Kao

Research Manager, Worldwide Hardware Assembly Research, IDC Taiwan

Sean Kao is a research manager with IDC’s Worldwide Hardware Assembly Research Group. He is responsible for mobile device original design manufacturer (ODM) consulting and research, which covers China white-box handset manufacturers. His role is to provide mobile phone industry intelligence, competitive analysis, and ODM vendor strategies.

Sean has an extensive background in industry research with over 20 years of working experience in the IT and consulting industry. He started his career with a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer, primarily responsible for internal auditing and business operations analysis. He then shifted into research roles at think tanks. Over the years, he has covered a series of major areas, such as the Mainland China PC industry and market, Greater China mobile phone industry, Asia ICT market, and global solar photovoltaic and green energy. In addition, he is also frequently interviewed and quoted by leading media, including Forbes Asia, People’s Posts and Telecommunications News (PPTN), 52RD, CWW, DZSC, dede58, 199it, Yahoo China, Unity Broadcasting Network (UBN) TV, Sanlih E-Television (SET) TV, Business Weekly, CAN news, ChinaTimes, Liberty Times, InfoTimes, and EEPN in Taiwan.

Sean graduated from National Chengchi University in Taiwan with a doctoral certificate in technology and innovation management.


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