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The headquarters of Asustek Computer is on the northern outskirts of Taipei in a quiet part of town that's a long drive from the bustling city's high-tech district. Across the street are the offices of a local Buddhist charity, and nearby are small farms. The isolation suits Asustek and its chairman, Jonney Shih. For years, Shih has been happy to flourish as a low-key manufacturer of unglamorous components like motherboards, which connect the different parts inside the computer.
Today, though, Asustek is trying to break out of its shell and take on a little pizzazz. Visitors to the company's new headquarters see in the lobby a Mona Lisa -- made of thousands of Asustek-made components. "It's the smiling of technology," says Shih, who boasts that his engineers came up with the idea to show off their creative side. Shih expects Asustek to take in $12 billion this year making a dizzying variety of products, including Apple's iPod Shuffle and Mac Mini computer.
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Jonney Shih serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of ASUSTeK Computer Inc.