Hugo Barra, international VP of Xiaomi, today announced that he is leaving the company. The former Android executive joined Xiaomi three and a half years ago. The announcement of his departure was shared in a Facebook post. Barra in the post stated that his primary reason being home sickness, he plans of moving back to the Silicon Valley, California.
In the Facebook post, Hugo Barra wrote:
“What I’ve realized is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be at my home, and my life are back in Silicon Valley, which is also much closer to my family. Seeing how much I’ve left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to return.”
Barra became a brand figure for Xiaomi during his entrée at the Chinese smartphone company. Xiaomi’s business which was limited to China expanded across Asia and expected to reach more than 20 countries. The company earned an annual revenue of $1 billion in India for the first time last year.
“We turned India from a dream into Xiaomi’s largest international market with $1 billion in annual revenues, faster than any company in India’s history. We expanded into Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and more recently 20 other markets including Russia, Mexico, and Poland. We teamed up with Google to launch our first official product in the US, and with our successful debut at CES 2017- where we won 3 prestigious awards- the world now see that Xiaomi is a global player changing the tech industry through our simple promise of bringing innovation to everyone.”
Barra however will remain an advisor to Xiaomi. He goes on to say “I want to thank the Xiaomi founders, and particularly our CEO Lei Jun, who has been a mentor and a friend. It has been both humbling and uplifting to work with a man whose vision is redefining the role technology plays in all of our lives, and the role the China tech industry plays in the world. As a friend and shareholder of the company, I am honored that he has been very supportive of my transition and has asked me to remain an advisor to Xiaomi indefinitely, as we continue to extend our reach around the world.”
With Barra leaving the company, Xiaomi’s plan to expand its business overseas will be a challenging task for the company to mark a turn in its growth. The international VP of the company will transit out from Xiaomi by February after Chinese New Year. Barra mentioned that he will start on a new adventure when he is back to Silicon Valley.
“To my Xiaomi colleagues in China and India: as I leave our home in Beijing and Bangalore, please be assured that I will remain your loyal and grateful Mi fan. I will be watching diligently from the sidelines and rooting for you guys all the way! And of course, a very special shout-out to all our Mi fans around the world, who have won my heart for life!”