Jan 16, 2015 06:13 PM

HR Boss of Major Telecoms Supplier 'Missing after Making Graft Allegations'


Jia Lining, the missing head of human resources at Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell

(Beijing) – The head of human resources at a major telecom equipment supplier who recently accused company executives of corruption has gone missing, several sources close to the situation say.

Relatives and friends of Jia Lining, the 45-year-old human resources head at Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell Co. Ltd. (ASB), say they lost contact with him late on January 14, the sources said. His car was found on Yangpu Bridge, which crosses the Huangpu River in Shanghai, one of the sources said.

"He doesn't answer his phone and no one can find him anywhere," a person close to Jia's family said.

ASB confirmed Jia's disappearance and said his family made a report to police. Officers told Jia's family that no traffic cameras were in place near where Jia's car was found, a person familiar with Jia said.

A source close to the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration (SASAC), the government body that regulates state assets, said Jia recently accused many high-level executives at ASB and its subsidiaries of corruption and abusing their power. The accusations were made in a chat group on the popular messaging application WeChat that is used by human resource managers of large SOEs supervised by SASAC.

"(He posted) a very long article with specifics that included names and details," the person said. "Everyone was surprised."

Jia sent a text message to a friend before he disappeared that sounded "like a farewell," the same person said.

ASB is the fifth-largest telecom equipment supplier in China. It was set up in 1984 by China Huaxin Post and Telecommunication Economy Development Center; Alcatel Lucent (China) Investment Co., Ltd.; Lucent Technologies (China) Co.; and Alcatel-Lucent Participations Chine. The four companies invested 3.467 billion, 1.163 billion, 481 million and 1.823 billion yuan, respectively. China Huaxin is overseen by SASAC.

Business registration documents show that ASB's legal representative is Yuan Xin. Its top management team includes Yuan Xin, Feng Laizhou, Chen Weidong, Ma Jie, Guan Jingzhi, Xu Zhiqun, David Geary, Philippe Keryer, Andrew Butterworth, Olivier Durand and Philippe Guillemot. Many of those names were in Jia's WeChat post, sources who read it said.

A notice on the website of the French multinational Alcatel-Lucent said Luis Martinez-Amago would become CEO of ASB on January 1.

Jia joined ASB in 1998 and worked in its salary assessment and human resources departments.

(Rewritten by Han Wei)

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