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Alibaba ex-CEO Zhang quits co, Jack Ma’s confidants take over, ET Retail


<p>Alibaba Group's former chief Daniel Zhang</p>
Alibaba Group’s former chief Daniel Zhang

Alibaba Group’s former chief Daniel Zhang has decided to quit just months after agreeing to lead its cloud division, introducing another layer of uncertainty to China’s largest e-commerce company just as it navigates a complicated breakup.

Zhang decided to step down as head of Alibaba’s cloud division, the company said in an internal memo seen by Bloomberg on Sunday. The executive assumed that post after ceding his dual roles of CEO and chairman to Eddie Wu and Joseph Tsai, respectively. Wu and Tsai – both close confidants of Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma – took up their positions on Sunday.

Zhang’s departure ends a storied tenure during which Alibaba became China’s largest company and ventured into new arenas such as physical retail. An Alibaba representative confirmed Zhang’s departure. The former CEO will now steer a $1-billion technology investment fund on Alibaba’s behalf.

  • Published On Sep 11, 2023 at 07:37 AM IST

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