Huawei CEO Spotted with an iPad at Airport Security

Huawei CEO, Ren Zhengfai seems to be an Apple fan. The CEO was spotted carrying and handing over an iPad at airport security. As expected the photos are doing rounds on social media.

The photos were taken whilst Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei was submitting an iPad for examination at an airport. Huawei is one of the biggest rivals of Apple. That being said, the CEO has hinted at his fondness for Apple devices. He also admitted to Chinese media that his children prefer Apple products over Huawei. Moreover, Ren says that he buys iPhones for his family members when he is abroad. Thats not all, he has also praised Apple as “the world’s leading company” and added, “Apple is my teacher.”

Earlier this year, Huawei had punished its employees for tweeting from an iPhone. Both the employees not only took a cut on their salary but were also demoted. We are not sure if Ren Zhengfai will face a similar fate. On the other hand, it might be a strategic move to connect with people by expressing their likingness for Apple products.

Lately, the sentiment of Chinese consumers seems to be different from that of Ren. Chinese issued calls to boycott Apple products in China last year. The boycott was in response to US blacklisting Huawei from purchasing American technology.

Our Take

Brand ambassadors, employees and company executives have been caught using devices from rival companies. That being said, company executives often use products from competitors. For instance, Steve Jobs was once spotted using IBM ThinkPad while working on a keynote presentation.

Do you think CEOs and company executives should refrain from using competitors’ products in public? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via SCMP]