tech2 News StaffJan 23, 2017 12:06:23 IST
While 2016 had its fare share of acquisitions and takeovers, 2017 seems to have a similar pace. Global VP of all things Xiaomi, Hugo Barra today announced his departure from the Chinese smartphone maker. Barra put out a long and lengthy post via his official Facebook account, stating the reasons for his departure from startup company that has now grown into a super brand at a global level. Xiaomi Co-founder, President Lin Bin was quick to comment that Xiang Wang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President, would lead the company's entire global efforts moving forward.
"This journey has been nothing short of spectacular in every way, and I can proudly say that Xiaomi Global is the first baby I helped bring into the world" and he indeed did so in more ways than one. In the peppy VP has been Xiaomi's face for all global endeavors apart from its home market, China.
Barra cited health reasons for the same and that fact that he has been away from his family for too long.
— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) January 23, 2017
"But what I've realized is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be my home, and my life are back in Silicon Valley, which is also much closer to my family. Seeing how much I've left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to return."
He however praised the team at Xiaomi stating that the company is now turning into a global business in the coming year and that it's no longer a startup. As always Hugo Barra's connection with India was not left out. "We turned India from a dream into Xiaomi’s largest international market with $1 billion in annual revenues, faster than any company in India's history." The VP also helped push Xiaomi into other newer markets like Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and more recently 20 other markets including Russia, Mexico, and Poland.
Barra was recently the face of Xiaomi at the CES 2017 where Xiaomi announced its newest smartphone the Mi Mix (in White ceramic) along with other products.
Hugo Barra will be leaving Xiaomi in February after the Chinese New Year and will be heading straight to San Francisco. Indeed it pegs the question, will we soon see another Xiaomi-like brand popping out of the US? Well, with the new US president in the picture, we highly doubt that it would be a possibility. Google's Andy Rubin recently announced that he was building his own new series of smartphones. Is Barra heading out there? We'll surely know in a while. Here's complete post with all the details if you're interested.
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