Huawei to open new of­fice in Seat­tle, go on hir­ing spree

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

SEAT­TLE: Huawei Tech­nolo­gies will open a new of­fice in Bellevue, Wash­ing­ton, this month and hire as many as 100 work­ers at the lo­ca­tion. Huawei Tech­nolo­gies North Amer­ica's re­search and de­vel­op­ment of­fice will be staffed by up to 100 work­ers by 2017, ac­cord­ing to Wil­liam Plum­mer, vice-pres­i­dent of ex­ter­nal affairs.

The North Amer­i­can unit of the Chi­nese telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant cur­rently has a small of­fice in Kirk­land, Wash­ing­ton. Its North Amer­i­can web­site and LinkedIn page both had open po­si­tions for the Bellevue lo­ca­tion. Bellevue is about 12 miles east of Seat­tle.

The of­fice build­ing, the Plaza Cen­ter Bellevue, is lo­cated in the heart of Bellevue's busi­ness district. Huawei's lease is for 11,000 square feet on the fifth floor. Grant Yerke, a se­nior vice-pres­i­dent at Brod­er­ick Group, a Bellevue real es­tate com­pany, said it is not enough space for 100 em­ploy­ees, but the com­pany may have an op­tion to ex­pand.

The Greater Seat­tle area is a hot spot for tech com­pa­nies, not only be­cause it is the home to Mi­crosoft, T-Mo­bile and Ex­pe­dia, but also for its healthy ecosys­tem, the tal­ent pool for tech com­pany de­vel­op­ment, and its lower costs com­pared with Sil­i­con Val­ley in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

In 2010, Face­book opened its first en­gi­neer­ing of­fice out­side of Sil­i­con Val­ley in Seat­tle. Google is ex­pand­ing its ex­ist­ing Kirk­land cam­pus, sig­nif­i­cantly boost­ing its pres­ence in the Seat­tle re­gion.

"I be­lieve Huawei chose the area be­cause it is the cen­ter of the de­vel­op­ment of cloud com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy," said Zhao­hui Tang, CEO of adSage, a Chi­nese dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing tech­nol­ogy com­pany that also has an of­fice in Bellevue. "A big ben­e­fit is that the city is filled with skilled pro­gram­mers and de­vel­op­ers who have ex­per­tise in the cloud and all its ca­pa­bil­i­ties," said Bill Liu. He is pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes en­trepreneur­ship, tech­ni­cal lead­er­ship and tech­ni­cal ex­change be­tween China and the US. "The city is ex­cited Huawei has cho­sen Bellevue as the site for their new R&D cen­ter," said James Hen­der­son, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor for Bellevue, in an ar­ti­cle on Geekwire.com.

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