Hugo Barra made an announcement on Monday that he is leaving Xiaomi, also known as the "Apple of China" after over serving three-and-a-half years at the company. Barra served as the Vice President of Xiaomi's Global efforts. Under his leadership, the Chinese company expanded to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and more recently, the European and US markets.
Hugo said that his rigorous job has taken a toll on his health, and said that he will be moving back to Silicon Valley. Before joining Xiaomi, Barra was at Google for nearly six years serving various top roles including Vice President, Android Product Management, and Director of Product Management for Mobile and Android.
"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," he shared with his fans and friends on Facebook. "I can confidently say our global business is no longer just an in-house startup," he added.
"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," he added.