Danish educated head of Google in China steps down

liuDanish educated head of Google in China, Dr John Liu, will leave Google after six years as the head of its business in China.

John Liu earned his Ph.D. in Telecommunications Management from 1988 – 1994 at Danmarks Tekniske Universitet / Technical University of Denmark.

He will leave in August having presided over a period of great change for Google in China, which included the Internet giant’s controversial exit from the country in 2010 following allegations that the Chinese government hacked into email accounts belonging to activists.

The company still has controversial moments in China. Last November, the Chinese government blocked access to a bevy of services — including Google.com, Gmail, Google Maps and Google Docs — while the Communist Party held its 18th Annual Party Congress.

Google confirmes Dr Liu’s exit with the following statement:

After nearly 6 years leading our China business, Dr. John Liu has decided to pursue other opportunities. Dr. Liu has been instrumental to developing Google’s business in China and we are grateful for his contributions. We will miss him and wish him the best of luck.

It is not know what Dr. John Liu will do next.


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