Two Huawei UK non-executive directors have resigned in protest of the company’s stance on the Ukraine war.
According to news reports, Sir Andrew Cahn and Sir Ken Olisa believed their positions had become unsustainable as a result of the firm’s unwillingness to promptly denounce the Russian invasion.
Huawei UK expressed gratitude to both guys for their “invaluable advice.”
“We are not commenting any more,” Huawei responded when reporters asked if it will continue to do business with Russia.
According to news reports, both directors believed Huawei should have swiftly criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Both are thought to have felt that, despite the fact that this was a difficult position for the corporation, the firm’s attitude was inconsistent with their expectations as UK board directors.
“When Sir Andrew Cahn and Sir Ken Olisa were appointed to Huawei UK’s board of directors in 2015 and 2018, respectively, they brought tremendous expertise from the worlds of business and technology,” a Huawei spokesman stated.
“Both have demonstrated great support for Huawei’s commitment to the United Kingdom and have assisted in upholding the highest corporate governance standards.”
The resignations come as the US has cautioned Chinese firms not to break technology export prohibitions to Russia.
China voted no on a UN resolution condemning Russia’s incursion, but its leadership has subsequently voiced “regret” over the military operation, expressing grave concern over civilian casualties.
According to the New York Times, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the US may take “devastating” measures against Chinese enterprises who defy Russian sanctions by barring them from using US equipment and software to manufacture their goods.
Ms Raimondo told the newspaper that Russia will “definitely solicit other nations to conduct an end run around our sanctions and export regulations.”
The warnings echoed Trump’s administration’s actions against Huawei in 2020, when the firm was listed to a “entity list” that prevents it from obtaining technology from US businesses without government clearance.
The US government claimed at the time that Huawei presented a national security concern, which Huawei categorically refuted.
However, the limitations had a significant impact on the company’s revenues and prevented it from accessing important technology.