Shi Lirong

Awardees 2014

Since his appointment as president and chief executive officer in March 2010, Shi Lirong has consolidated ZTE Corporation’s position as one of the world’s top five providers of telecommunications solutions and mobile devices, with an expanded presence in major markets including North America, Europe, China and India.
Under Mr. Shi’s leadership, ZTE becomes one of the world’s biggest providers of 4G LTE technologies and smart devices, leading the global technology industry in international patent applications, and building growing alliances and partnerships with other top technology companies.
Mr. Shi joined ZTE in 1989, excelling in many key positions in engineering, marketing and sales to drive the global expansion of the company’s operations. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr. Shi was Executive Vice-President of ZTE from 2006 to 2010, overseeing sales, marketing and customer-service operations globally. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Shi was Senior Vice-President of marketing, after serving as an engineer and production manager. He has been an Executive Director of the Board since February 2001.
As one of the chief architects of ZTE’s international growth, Mr. Shi was the first company employee to travel outside China on business.
A senior engineer by training, Mr Shi earned a Bachelor degree in Radio Electronics and Information Technology from Tsinghua University in 1984 and a Master’s degree in Communications and Electronics Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1989.
Mr. Shi was named one of the top-20 executives in the telecommunications industry by Global Telecoms Business in 2013, and won the “Outstanding Personality in the PRC Economy” accolade from China Central Television in 2011.