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Spotlight on Broadcom chief after stalled takeover deal

Setback for Tan Hock Eng, who built S'pore-based firm into one of world's biggest chipmakers, in Qualcomm bid

Broadcom chief executive Tan Hock Eng with US President Donald Trump at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington last November, where Mr Tan announced plans to relocate Broadcom's global headquarters from Singapore to the US.
Broadcom chief executive Tan Hock Eng with US President Donald Trump at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington last November, where Mr Tan announced plans to relocate Broadcom's global headquarters from Singapore to the US.PHOTO: REUTERS

Penang-born chief executive Tan Hock Eng found himself back in the spotlight last week after the attempt by his tech giant Broadcom to take over Qualcomm hit a speed bump.

He has built Singapore-based Broadcom into one of the world's largest chipmakers through a string of acquisitions, gaining a reputation along the way for slashing costs to boost profitability.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2018, with the headline 'Spotlight on Broadcom chief after stalled takeover deal'. Subscribe