Sep 09, 2018 10:38 AM

Alibaba to Announce Executive Succession Plan

By Li Yi and Yang Ge
Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Photo: VCG
Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Photo: VCG

E-commerce giant Alibaba will announce a succession plan for its top management on Monday, the company confirmed, clarifying a New York Times report saying Chairman and founder Jack Ma would announce his retirement that day.

Ma founded Alibaba in the coastal city of Hangzhou in 1999, and since then has built the company into one of the world’s most valuable internet firms. He is one of China’s richest men, and among a group of internet celebrities who have become household names for most Chinese.

He will turn 54 on Monday.

In 2013 Ma stepped down as Alibaba’s CEO but retained the chairman’s position. He has continued to play an active role at the company, including overseeing its record-breaking $25 billion New York IPO in 2014.

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