[INSIDERS] Who is Jack Ma’s successor at the helm of Alibaba?
#Portrait: who is Daniel Zhang, Jack Ma’s successor at the head of Alibaba?
AFP- Daniel Zhang, very discreet number two of Alibaba, is a strategist credited with having muscular the platforms of the Chinese e-commerce giant, even if he does not share the charisma of the boss-founder Jack Ma from whom he will take over. According to the “succession” plan unveiled on Monday, Jack Ma will leave the presidency of Alibaba in exactly one year to hand it over to Daniel Zhang, chief executive since 2015.
Will Mr. Zhang, 46, be able to free himself from the aura of his legendary mentor? From the outside, it’s hard to imagine a more opposite profile: far from the exuberance of Jack Ma, Daniel Zhang, auditing ace renowned for his rigor, displays Olympian calm, lets his emotions show little and is stingy. of public appearances.
However, he is credited behind the scenes with exceptional results: the Chinese media credit him for having transformed Jack Ma’s laborious “tractor” into a powerful “Boeing 747” of e-commerce, via an ambitious strategy carefully applied. . Originally from Shanghai, the financial capital of China, where he studied accounting at the local University of Finance and Economics, Mr. Zhang began his career as an auditor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He was then in charge of the accounts of a fast-growing video game firm, before joining Alibaba in 2007 as financial director of sales platforms.
Daniel Zhang is credited with the development of Tmall, a platform that introduces business-to-consumer exchanges – boosting advertising revenue in the process. Likewise, it was Mr. Zhang who had the idea of Alibaba’s craziest marketing coup, the “singles party” on November 11, the occasion of a monster sale day that generates transaction volumes every year. mind-boggling. Director of operations in 2013, he became CEO in 2015.
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