Timothy Chen, ’91
CEO, NBA China
Chen was named CEO for National Basketball Association for China in October 2007. He comes to the NBA from Microsoft, where he led the software giant’s growth as CEO of Microsoft Greater China since 2003. Chen worked closely with the government to incorporate Microsoft software into the growing network of PCs in administration and education. Under his leadership, Microsoft sales and revenue grew more rapidly in the Greater China region than in any other market in the world, while at the same time significantly increased its investment in R&D and domestic software ventures.
Chen was Chairman and President of Motorola in China from 2001 to 2003 and increased the company’s market share to become the leader in the competitive Chinese mobile phone industry and mobile system business. Prior to 2001, Chen spent eight years with Motorola, including serving as its general manager responsible for marketing and sales operations for the Greater China Cellular Infrastructure Division. Prior to joining Motorola, Chen spent nine years at AT&T Labs based in the United States.
Chen received an MBA from the University of Chicago and two master’s degrees in computer science and mathematics. Chen, who earned his undergraduate degree at Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, currently resides in Beijing with his wife and two children.