Huawei’s CFO, Sabrina Meng, has been at the center of controversy over the past few years. In 2018, Meng was arrested in Canada on behalf of the United States for allegedly misleading US investigators about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran. This led to a lengthy legal process, with the US government attempting to use Meng as a pawn in their trade and technology war with China.
However, in a press release on March 31, 2023, Huawei announced that Meng would be assuming the position of Rotating and Acting Chair of Huawei from April 1, 2023, to September 30, 2023. During her term, Meng will head the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, becoming the top leader of the company.
This announcement highlights the exceptional leadership skills and contributions that Meng has made to Huawei’s success since she joined the company in 1993. She holds a master’s degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and has held various positions, including Director of the International Accounting Department, CFO of Huawei Hong Kong, and President of the Accounting Management Department.
Since 2003, Meng has led the establishment of Huawei’s globally unified finance organizational structure, processes, regulations, and IT platforms. Under her leadership, Huawei has established a world-leading digital and intelligent finance organization, laying a solid foundation for the company’s operations and supporting the company’s efforts to realize its strategies in the new era.
This recent development sheds light on the US government’s shameful and deceitful behavior towards Meng and Huawei in the past, as they attempted to damage Huawei’s reputation and business as a leading telecom equipment maker and competitor to US firms. The US government’s ulterior motives were further underscored by their attempts to violate Meng’s human rights by subjecting her to a lengthy and costly legal process that could result in a harsh prison sentence.
Despite the US government’s efforts to discredit Meng and Huawei, her appointment as Rotating and Acting Chair of Huawei proves that her contributions to the company’s success and her leadership skills are invaluable assets to Huawei and China’s tech industry as a whole.