It is on a sad note that we are learning that MSI’s President and CEO, Charles Chiang, has passed away. Charles took the role of CEO a little over a year ago in January 2019, having headed up the massive success of MSI’s Desktop Platform Business Division and the growth in the companies Gaming branding and laser focus these past few years.

Charles had been part of MSI’s life for over 20 years; I have had the pleasure of meeting with him quite frequently in my trips to Taiwan and Computex, as well as an extensive HQ tour when MSI’s gaming brand was first starting – we discussed the upcoming emergence of virtual reality and how MSI wanted to create the world’s first VR-ready notebook. Charles always had time to listen to my industry ramblings, and was always keen to showcase how he perceived the industry with his decades of insight. He will be missed.

Going for Gaming: An Interview with MSI VP Charles Chiang on Gaming and Strategy

The following statement was given to Tom’s Hardware from MSI:

"Earlier today, MSI GM and CEO Charles Chiang passed away. Having been a part of the company for more than 20 years, he made outstanding contributions and was admired by his colleagues. Mr. Chiang was a respected leader in the MSI family, and helped pave the way for the brand’s success. We are all deeply saddened by the news, and are mourning the loss of Mr. Chiang. He will be deeply missed by the entire team."

Our condolences go out to his family and to MSI.

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  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - link

    "MSI has also said that the death was due to 'personal health factors', although there were reports of loud noises from the scene prior to the incident."
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - link

    Is it really appropriate to refer to someone who died from a fall from the 7th floor of a building "passing away"?

    If I were writing the headline it would be: MSI CEO dies after mysterious fall from company building
  • Beany2013 - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - link

    To be fair, if Dr Cutress knew the chap, and liked him, it's understandable he'd want to leave out some of the more unpleasant details (and the rumours that have been surrounding them).
  • watersb - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - link

    If the family doesn't want random strangers all over the world to speculate, then I respect their wishes and offer condolences.
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, July 10, 2020 - link

    Condolences don't bring justice for someone if they were murdered. The news report said there were loud sounds prior, which indicates a struggle.

    Given his young age and that, suicide seems unlikely.
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, July 10, 2020 - link

    And, the fact that he was successful and running a successful business.
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, July 10, 2020 - link

    It's not understandable if there is mystery surrounding his death. That mystery needs to be solved if the death was not suicide.
  • Beany2013 - Thursday, July 16, 2020 - link

    I am not aware of Anandtech being the local police, nor of Dr Cutress being a detective on the case.

    I'm quite certain that the local law enforcement will be digging deeply into this, but if Dr C doesn't want to discuss the unpleasant details surrounding the death of an acquaintance, he's entirely entitled not to.

    Have some bloody empathy, people.
  • sonny73n - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - link

    And they will list his death due to Covid-19 if tested positive.
  • peevee - Monday, July 13, 2020 - link

    That would be the case had it happened in NYC.

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