The head of Lenovo Group Ltd.’s mobile business is stepping down less than a year after the Chinese technology giant acquired Motorola Mobility to beef up its smartphone offerings, the Wall Street Journal reported.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Lenovo said Liu Jun, who heads its mobile business group and serves as chairman of Motorola Mobility, will become a special consultant to Lenovo chief executive Yang Yuanqing.
The company didn’t say why Liu was stepping down from his roles.
Chen Xudong, who currently heads Lenovo’s ShenQi smartphone unit, a separate handset brand in China that sells phones online, will become the new chief of Lenovo’s mobile business group and Motorola Mobility’s chairman, Lenovo said.
The management change comes as Lenovo has struggled to compete with upstart Xiaomi Inc. in the Chinese smartphone maker over the past year.
Lenovo’s market share in the world’s largest smartphone market has declined amid fierce competition from Chinese rivals Xiaomi and Huawei Technologies Co., as well as global giants Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc.
In the first quarter, Lenovo was the fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the country with an 8.3 percent market share, compared with a 10.2 percent share a year earlier, the newspaper said.
The company completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. in late October.
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