Peter Chang - M.S., AME ’84
A Sound Approach and a Sunny Outlook
In April 2014, Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. (AFOP), a supplier of fiber optic components, subsystems, and integrated modules for the fiber optic communication market headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., reported a 105% increase in revenues for the first quarter of 2014 from the first quarter of 2013. This was also a 14% increase from revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013. What happened to cause these record sales and profits? Peter Chang, chairman, president, and CEO of AFOP, would point to 1995, when the company was founded. A recent article in Investor’s Business Daily sums up his strategy, “Integrity is a key to leadership.” Chang made solid decisions for the fledgling company that looked at equally viable options and chose his path based not on the most expedient, but the most credible, options that would reinforce the corporate team culture that would resonate not only with employees but also investors.
Today, with nearly 1,600 employees, AFOP has manufacturing and product development capabilities in the United States, Taiwan, and China. The team concept and leadership that Chang set in motion in 1995 is paying off, operationally and fiscally as the company grows its dominance across many segments of the communications network.
Chang received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical from National Taiwan University and his master’s, also in mechanical engineering, from the University of Notre Dame. He holds more than 40 patents. Prior to founding AFOP, he spent five years at Taiwan’s Hon Hai Foxxcon Group, where he served as division manager, establishing and managing the company’s fiber optics division.