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Head of Xiaomi’s India operations, Manu Kumar Jain has now been promoted to the role of vice president. The news was confirmed on Friday via an official tweet from Xiaomi India’s Twitter handle congratulating the new VP at the company.
The news comes shortly after Global VP Hugo Barra announced that he would be leaving the Chinese smartphone manufacturer to join Facebook. Barra will be leading Oculus’ VR efforts withing the social network.
— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) February 17, 2017
Jain who previously worked with Jabong was responsible for Xiaomi in India, but Barra was the face of the brand, who presented the keynote at every event.
It will be interesting to see if Jain picks up where Barra left off as India is indeed an important market for the Xiaomi.
Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is said to have become the second largest smartphone manufacturer as per IDC’s Q4 CY16 Quarterly smartphone tracker.
Xiaomi just last week said that it has plans to ramp up its offline distribution channels in the country and is targeting around 25 percent of its turnover from this segment.