Among all the Chinese smartphone manufacturing companies, Xiaomi is probably the most successful one and in recent years it had the ambition of expanding beyond its country of origin. To accomplish this goal, the company hired Hugo Barra, a former Android executive. Now, he has announced that he will leave the company, triggering speculation about Xiaomi’s future.
Hugo Barra initially joined Xiaomi around three and a half years ago, in a decision that surprised many industry experts. His departure from the Chinese company also seems to align with the first time that Xiaomi has declined to release sales figures as well with the admittance that it grew too quick too soon. This has raised some doubts about the company’s capacity to continue its impressive growth which led to $45 billion valuation from two years ago.
The news about the departure of Hugo Barra came from a Facebook posted on his page which states that his main reason for living the company is that he is homesick, living in a singular environment has led to health issues. Therefore, he plans to move back to Silicon Valley, which he considers to be his home and where most of his family lives.
He also emphasized that during his tenure at Xiaomi, where he tried to expand the smartphone company to other countries, as well as being its primary English spokesperson, the company’s global presence is in a very good place. Thus, he considers he managed to have fulfilled his main responsibility.
When Hugo Barra first arrived at Xiaomi, the company was limited to China. However, since then, the company has expanded across all of Asia and other regions, reaching more than 20 countries. Xiaomi has managed to make waves in India, where not even Apple managed to impose a strong foothold, despite not reaching the shores of the United States.
Xiaomi has announced that Xian Wang, the former head of Qualcomm China, will lead the company’s international business into the future. Bin Lin, the co-founder of Xiaomi, took the time to pay a small tribute to Hugo Barra, expressing gratitude for his time with the company.
Barra has further stated that he will officially quit in February, and will resume work in Silicon Valley after a short vacation.
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