Jain previously lead India operations as Xiaomi India Head when the company entered India, in June 2014. His promotion comes in the wake of Xiaomi's stellar performance in the country over the past couple of years, even as the company continues to struggle against newer rivals such as OPPO and Vivo in its own backyard. "We will continue to invest hundreds of millions of dollars on manufacturing, warehouses, logistics, call centres and service centres in India", Jain told ET last week.
Manu Kumar took to Facebook to thank Xiaomi for this opportunity, "Thank You my phenomenal Xiaomi family!"
"Manu, congratulations from the entire Xiaomi family on your promotion to Vice President of Xiaomi!" Though Barra still remains adviser to the company, he has been replaced by Xiang Wang to look after Xiaomi's global markets. I am so glad I got the opportunity to work with the best team on the planet.
Hugo Barra held the position of Global vice president at the company but recently announced that he will be moving back to Silicon Valley "embarking on a new adventure". He was at the company for three and a half years and played a key role in turning the company from being a Chinese smartphone maker to a globally reckoned brand.
Under his leadership, India had become Xiaomi's largest worldwide market with $1 billion in annual revenues. India is the biggest market for Xiaomi outside China.