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Foxconn chief hints reduced role, will remain chairman

AFP  |  Taipei 

boss hinted Monday he would soon step back from frontline operations while remaining at the helm of the supplier.

The firm said its billionaire founder would not be relinquishing his role as chairman, rebutting

But the 69-year-old said that a coming board shake-up would minimise his "personal influence".

"I will still be involved and be in charge of the company's directions in the future but I will take a more advisory role on daily operations," said on the sidelines of a forum in

"I feel that my personal influence should be toned down," he added. His comments were emailed to AFP by

also said he plans to write a book to pass on the lessons of his 45 years of management experience.

"The present goal I set for myself is to let young people learn sooner in order to take over sooner and replace me sooner," he said.

When asked about his retirement plan at a shareholder meeting last year, Gou said he would not step down until the company's share price hit Tw$200 (USD 6.49).

Also known by its official name Industry, the firm is the world's biggest and assembles Apple's iPhones as well as gadgets for other international brands.

Hon Hai rose 3.24 per cent to close at Tw$ 89.3 on the Taiwan bourse Monday.

Known for his aggressive dealmaking, Gou has been snapping up investments from to as a bid to diversify from

assembles most of its products in mainland but many of its gadgets are sold in the United States, leaving it vulnerable to market fallout from the ongoing US-trade war.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 15:30 IST