Samuel Shen Moves from Microsoft China to Chinese Ecommerce Company JD.com
September 13, 2017
Samuel Shen has moved from Microsoft China to Chinese ecommerce company JD.com Inc. (JD.com). Mr. Shen is regarded as being one of Microsoft’s leading executives in China and the move is seen as a potential blow to the American cloud giant. JD.com, which is based in Beijing, China, is currently involved in increasing its cloud platforms activity in the country.
Mr. Shen is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was Chairman at Microsoft Asia-Pacific Technology Company Ltd. – Microsoft’s Chinese arm. He is a 24-year industry veteran and formerly managed Microsoft’s Chinese cloud and enterprise business. He led Microsoft’s Azure activity and has helped Microsoft acquire about 5% of China's cloud market, which is dominated by Alibaba Group, with 40% of the market share. He also led ‘Big Data’ and ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) effort as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group.
According to research China's Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service market grew by 68% in 2016 and is now worth around $1.5 billion, of which JD.com’s market share is minimal.
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