Chairman's Introduction

KYMCO Group Announces New Chairman

Mr. Allen Ko, Chairman of KYMCO Group

KYMCO celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2014 with the appointment of Allen Ko as the new Chairman of the Global Powersports Brand. Over the past five decades, KYMCO has successfully marketed more than 10 million scooters, motorcycles, e-bikes, side-by-sides and ATVs in 100 countries, with an annual sales revenue exceeding (US)$ 1 billion.

After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, Mr. Ko earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Cornell University, a member of the prestigious Ivy League universities in the U.S. His extensive engineering and business background have served as a firm foundation for the development of his current leadership position.

Mr. Ko’s enthusiastic interest in powersports dates back to his youth. He took training courses on motorcycle mechanics and maintenance, worked part-time in auto repair shops, participated in rider club activities and drove race cars. His active involvement in powersports has given him first-hand experience that has helped him gain a deep understanding of his customers.

His professional career began at KYMCO from the ground level up. He started in the Computer Center where he led the development of IT infrastructure for the entire sales network in Taiwan. Later, he moved to the Strategic & Business Planning Division, where he traveled worldwide to develop collaboration, joint venture and strategic investment opportunities.

To prepare himself for more significant roles at KYMCO, Mr. Ko, on behalf of KYMCO, actively involved in the strategic business development of Capital Investment Trust Corporation, Capital Securities Corporation and Ta Chong Bank and participated in various merger and acquisition decisions. He has since developed a unique view on the integration of finance, technology and manufacturing for business expansion.

In 2011, Mr. Ko launched KYMCO Private Equity Management Company in China to fulfill this vision. He established several industrial funds that partnered with experts in various fields within the powersports industry from China, Japan and Taiwan. This innovative business integration approach has resulted in tremendous success for KYMCO as well as extensive support from the local government.

Mr. Ko’s diverse experience and expertise has enabled him to focus not only on traditional manufacturing values but also on the continuous development of KYMCO into a top-tier global company. He aims to lead KYMCO to set the industry standard, to create personal vehicles that win the hearts of consumers all over the world, and to build KYMCO as one of the most recognized and respected global brands.

Mr. Ko’s Chairmanship, which began in June 2014, is a landmark for KYMCO. He represents a new generation of leadership, whose first-hand empirical knowledge and world class education equip him with the capabilities to bring valuable innovations into the business from multiple dimensions. His passion for excellence will surely lead KYMCO to a new level of success.

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In the past 50 years, more than 10 million customers invited KYMCO into their lives. On their KYMCO, they have cumulatively traveled over 1 trillion kilometers, a distance enough for 3,000 round trips to the sun. At KYMCO we have been privileged to have this opportunity to serve as their trusted companion in life. And, today we continue to pursuit our long-standing mission in creating personal vehicles that win the hearts of consumers all over the world.

We understand that every customer has different needs for a scooter. Because of this, we dedicate ourselves to creating the most thoughtful riding experience for everyday life. We spend time observing how you interact with your world. We obsess over the smallest details. We anticipate the things you may want, and perhaps even those that you don’t realize you always want. We relentlessly look for every opportunity to win your heart by humbly making your world a little better.

For the past 50 years, we have put you at the center of everything we do. We have been on a timeless journey to making every tomorrow better than every yesterday. For the next 50 years, KYMCO will continue to go above and beyond to create personal vehicles that win the hearts of consumers all over the world.