New Alibaba CEO Eddie Wu sets two strategic focuses for the company

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New Alibaba Group CEO Eddie Wu has told staff that the tech giant’s two main strategic focuses going forward will be “user first” and “AI-driven”.

In an internal letter reviewed by Reuters, Wu said that Alibaba would focus on “putting the user at the center of everything we do” and “using AI to power our innovation and growth”.

Wu also said that Alibaba would focus on promoting young talent, with the goal of having those born after 1985 and after 1990 form the core of its business management teams within the next four years.

Finally, Wu said that Alibaba would continue to deepen its reorganization efforts and strengthen independent decision-making.

Wu’s appointment as CEO was announced on June 16, 2023. He takes over from Daniel Zhang, who will become the chairman of Alibaba’s parent company, Alibaba Group Holding.

Wu is a longtime Alibaba executive, having joined the company in 1999. He is known for his technical expertise and his focus on customer experience.

The appointment of Wu as CEO is seen as a sign that Alibaba is looking to the future and to the next generation of leadership. Wu’s focus on user experience and AI are aligned with Alibaba’s long-term strategy of becoming a leader in the digital economy.

The promotion of young talent is also a sign of Alibaba’s commitment to innovation and growth. Alibaba is facing increasing competition from rivals such as Tencent and ByteDance, and it needs to ensure that it has the best talent in order to stay ahead of the curve.

The reorganization of Alibaba is also a sign of the company’s commitment to change. Alibaba has been criticized for its slow decision-making and its bureaucratic culture. The reorganization is designed to make the company more nimble and more responsive to change.

Wu’s appointment as CEO is a significant event for Alibaba. It is a sign that the company is committed to the future and to innovation. It will be interesting to see how Wu’s leadership shapes Alibaba in the years to come.


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