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CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

Foul play not suspected

The CEO of computer hardware and motherboard maker MSI has died after falling from his company's headquarters in New Taipei, Taiwan.

Charles Chiang was discovered outside MSI's offices in the Zhonghe District after he plummeted from the seventh floor of the building. How and why he fell is under a police investigation though it's thought "external intervention," was not a factor, local news reports.

Chiang's body was found by employees at around 1pm on July 7, local time, after they heard the sound of the fall and rushed to his aid. He was found unresponsive, and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"General Manager and Executive Mr Changjiang Shengchang passed away earlier due to personal health factors," MSI's spokespeople told local media TVBS.

"He has worked in the company for more than 20 years and has made outstanding contributions to the company, and is loved by employees. All colleagues felt deeply saddened, and mourned."

Chiang, 56, took over as the CEO and general manager of MSI in January 2019. His previous titles included vice president of engineering and executive veep of business products. He held a master's degree from National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Under Chiang's leadership, Micro-Star International's most recent financial numbers, the quarter to March 31, 2020, showed net income down four per cent year-on-year to NT$1.25bn ($43m), and revenues flat at NT$28.5bn ($968m), as it, along with the rest of the industry, weathered the growing coronavirus storm. While MSI saw its stock take a hit in March, the manufacturer's share price has since recovered. ®

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