Manu Kumar Jain
, who has leading Xiaomi’s India operations as Managing Director has been promoted to the designation of Vice President at the Chinese smartphone company. He will continue to serve as Managing Director in India. This has largely happened as the company scaled to becoming the second largest smartphone brand in India in Q2 as per IDC’s latest report.
Manu Kumar Jain, who joined Xiaomi
in 2014 after co-founding Jabong, has been handling its successful tirades into the Indian market. In a tweet from Xiaomi’s official India handle, Mi India, the company announced "@manukumarjain, congratulations from the entire Xiaomi family on your promotion to Vice President of Xiaomi!"
, who used to be the global VP of Xiaomi before,
left to head Facebook’s Oculus Team’s VR division
. He was at the company for three and a half years and played a key role in turning the company from being a Chinese smartphone maker to a globally reckoned brand. He was replaced by
Xiang Wang who became the senior vice president of strategic cooperation at the Chinese company
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Jain responded to the announcement on Twitter by thanking the entire Xiaomi and Xiaomi India
team saying, “Thank You my phenomenal @xiaomi @XiaomiIndia family! I am so glad I got the opportunity to work with the best team on the planet.”
With Barra leaving, Xiaomi received a big blow to their global prospects. For more reasons than one, Barra was the face of the brand at least in the global markets. With Jain stepping in, it is a signal that India will continue to play a prime role in the company’s plans of global expansion. India is the biggest market for Xiaomi outside China. The company reported over $1 billion in sales in 2016 and became the
second largest smartphone vendor in the country
, after Samsung, according to IDC.