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Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi next month

Barra said in a social media post that he will return to Silicon Valley to embark on a new adventure.

@LanaJelic
Lana Jelic
Published Mon, Jan 23 2017 7:19 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Hugo Barra, the face of Xiaomi, has announced that he is leaving the company after three and a half years.

Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi next month | TweakTown.com

Barra said in a social media post that he will return to Silicon Valley, where he was formerly Google's Vice President of Android Product Management until he joined Xiaomi, to "embark on a new adventure."

In a long post, Barra explained how he misses his life, friends, and family in Silicon Valley, and that lead him to this decision.

As I thought about this late last year, I concluded that Xiaomi is in a very good place on its global expansion path, and if there was ever going to be a good time for me to come back home, that time is now - when I can confidently say our global business is no longer just an in-house startup. 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 sees that Xiaomi is a global player changing the tech industry through our simple promise of bringing innovation to everyone.

Barra will leave Xiaomi in February this year, after Chinese New Year, as he says "the Spring Festival brings new beginnings."

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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