Jack Ma breaks silence, praises Alibaba’s “Forced Evolution” after regulatory heat

Rahul Kaushik
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Jack Ma, co-founder Alibaba.com

New Delhi: Jack Ma, the co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, made a surprise public appearance yesterday, offering his support for the company’s recently announced restructuring. This marks Ma’s first time in the Chinese spotlight in several months, following a period of regulatory scrutiny and lower profile.

Alibaba unveiled a significant reorganization plan on Tuesday, splitting the company into six distinct business units. This move is seen by analysts as a response to evolving market conditions and increased government oversight in the tech sector.

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Jack Ma

In a statement released through Alibaba, Jack Ma commended the company’s leadership for undertaking “bold transformations.” He acknowledged past missteps, stating, “Every company makes mistakes, and Alibaba is no exception. The challenges we face today will likely be surpassed by new ones tomorrow. But by embracing change and prioritizing agility, Alibaba will continue to thrive.”

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Jack Ma, Co Founder of Alibaba.com

Jack Ma co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and served as its executive chairman until 2019. Under his leadership, the company grew into a global e-commerce behemoth, encompassing online marketplaces, cloud computing services, and digital payment platforms.

Ma’s public re-emergence and positive comments on the restructuring are viewed by some as a potential thawing of relations with Chinese authorities. In late 2020, Alibaba and Ma himself came under scrutiny from regulators, leading to a suspension of a planned fintech IPO and a period of relative quiet from the tech pioneer.

Analysts remain cautious, however. While Ma’s statement signals a potential shift in the regulatory landscape, the full impact of the restructuring and Ma’s future role in Alibaba remain to be seen.

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I'm Rahul Kaushik, news writer at GrowJust India. I love to write National, International and Business news. You may reach me at rahul@growjustindia.com
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