Xiaomi Creates New Management Jobs Aimed At CEO Succession Planning

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc (1810.HK) said on Friday it will rejig its businesses and create new leadership positions aimed at building a second tier to CEO Lei Jun, amid increased scrutiny of governance and successions at Chinese tech firms.

FILE PHOTO: Xiaomi's Founder, Chairman and CEO Lei Jun attends a news conference in Hong Kong, China June 23, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

The firm would introduce two new departments to advise Lei on strategy and oversee hiring, promotion and pay, Lei said in a memo to staff dated Sept. 13 and shared with the press on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A customer walks out of a Xiaomi store in Beijing, China June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

It also would reshuffle its four main business units into 10 to promote younger managers, Lei said, adding that a majority of the newly-appointed leadership belonged to the post-1980s generation.

“Our senior management team has implemented several changes that will ... provide opportunities for young talent to rise up the ranks,” said Lei, 48.

The changes come less than a week after Jack Ma, one of China’s best-known businessmen, said he would step down as chairman of Alibaba (BABA.N) in a year and hand the reins to CEO Daniel Zheng, and underlined the need for sustainable succession planning.

Source : https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xiaomi/xiaomi-creates-new-management-jobs-aimed-at-ceo-succession-planning-idUSKCN1LU0IA

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