In a Facebook post that took everyone by surprise, Xiaomi’s Vice President of Global Operations, Hugo Barra announced that he will be stepping down from his role at the global technology juggernaut. The post mentions plans to go back to Silicon Valley to be closer to his family and start a new adventure.
I will be transitioning out of my role at Xiaomi in February after Chinese New Year. I will take some much-needed time off before embarking on a new adventure back in Silicon Valley.
Hugo Barra has been Xiaomi’s point man over the past few years, leading its expansion into the Indian market, followed by Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and more recently 20 other markets including Russia, Mexico, and Poland. His biggest success has been the setup of Xiaomi’s India operations under Manu Kumar Jain, increasing its market share considerably within 2 years. Recently, Xiaomi announced that it crossed $ 1 Billion in revenues from its Indian operations in 2016, an achievement that added another feather to Hugo’s already full cap.
What makes this a surprising announcement is that, just a few days ago, Hugo was all-smiles on the stage when launching the Redmi Note 4 in India. Known for his honest, friendly and approachable demeanor, Hugo is a well-loved figure for thousands of Mi Fans across the globe. His presence at Xiaomi’s launch events will be sorely missed by employees, fans and well-wishers.
In a related announcement, Lei Jun, co-founder of Xiaomi, announced that Xiang Wang, a Senior Vice President at Xiaomi, will lead the global efforts, taking over the torch from Hugo Barra.