WiTricity, the company wirelessly charging the future of mobility, has hired Stephen Tsao as managing director for Asia, based in Hong Kong. Tsao was previously the company’s managing director for Greater China from 2015-2019. He rejoins WiTricity to lead a team that will expand WiTricity’s relationships with automakers and their Tier 1 suppliers across the Asian continent, most notably in China and South Korea, to commercialize wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging.
Tsao specializes in transforming advanced, innovative technologies like EV wireless charging into mass-produced, commercialized products. His experience includes semiconductor development, end-product design, manufacturing, and channel sales. Prior to his latest role at WiTricity, Tsao was senior vice president of global business development at Season Group, a global, vertically integrated electronic manufacturing solutions (EMS) provider with specialty in product design and IoT connectivity. Tsao previously held roles as CEO of Giant Wireless, VP of sales & marketing of WE3 Technology Company Ltd., and marketing director at Freescale Semiconductor and Motorola. He received his MS in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University.
“I’m thrilled to rejoin WiTricity and continue to pursue my passion to deliver world-class wireless charging solutions for EVs across Asia,” said Tsao. “The EV market is exploding in Asia. China has been leading the world in putting EVs on the road, and IHS Markit predicts that if government mandates remain intact, 100% of new car sales in the country will be electric by 2050. Asia presents a massive opportunity for WiTricity, and our goal is to ensure all EVs on the streets are equipped with wireless charging.”
WiTricity’s wireless charging technology enables EVs of all sizes to automatically charge while parked, hands-free, providing numerous benefits to consumers who own EVs, EV fleet operators and enabling true autonomous mobility. WiTricity’s patented technology is being incorporated into global automakers and Tier 1 suppliers’ EV roadmaps, including the VIE Group, Green Power, Yura and Anjie Wireless Technologies in Asia, and is the foundation for global standards developed to support wide-scale adoption of EVs with wireless charging, including the GB standard for wireless charging of EVs in China.
“Global automakers, especially those in Asia, are investing in the development and production of wireless charging technology because they recognize that making EV charging a simple, efficient, and hands-free experience is key to driving mass EV adoption. Stephen’s experience in high volume manufacturing in the region adds tremendous value to our existing relationships with automakers and Tier 1 suppliers and enables us to expand and contribute to a greener future for Asia,” said Alex Gruzen, WiTricity CEO. “We’re excited to have Stephen back to drive our success in the region.”