Xiaomi Loses Hugo Barra As Company Drops Smartphone Market Share

As I read that the most prominent global executive at Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc. Hugo Barra has left the company citing health concerns, I could almost feel the pain that Xiaomi's founder Lei Jun must have experienced.

This is the third and perhaps most ominous senior executive departure the Chinese smartphone maker has suffered in a short four-month period.

In October, a former editor-in-chief of Sina.com hired by Xiaomi two years ago to help revamp its content platform Chen Tong left to join Phoenix New Media. Earlier this month, Zhang Jinling, a vice president at Xiaomi, joined Baidu Inc. as chief financial officer of Baidu Capital and Baidu Waimai.

As one Chinese saying goes: When the tree falls, the monkeys will scatter. Conditions at...

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