Chief Executive Officer of Ant Group Resigns Unexpectedly

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Ant Group CEO, Simon Hu unexpectedly resigned, citing personal reasons. According to Bloomberg, he will also be stepping down from his role as executive director on the company’s board. Eric Jing, Ant’s chairman, will take on the additional responsibility of CEO, effective immediately.

According to an internal letter, Hu will be focusing his efforts on philanthropic work at Ant and its affiliates.

“We have decided to respect Simon’s personal request and support him fully in his new mission.” wrote Jing.

Hu’s resignation comes at a turbulent time for the Chinese technology giant, as it grapples with regulatory pressure from the Chinese government. In late 2020, Ant Group’s affiliate, Alibaba, was forced to call off it’s $35 billion IPO, forcing it to shift to a financial holding company structure.

The 51-year old first joined Alibaba Group Holding in 2005, then moved from Alibaba to Ant in 2018 as president. The next year, he was promoted to CEO. Prior to joining Alibaba, Hu worked at China Construction Bank and Everbright Bank.

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