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Amazon’s China-based Joyo.com taps veterans of Motorola, 88pal.com.cn and YesAsia.com for its new senior management team. In England, Amazon names the former managing director of T-Mobile UK as managing director for Amazon.co.uk.
Amazon’s China-based Joyo.com has installed a new management team that includes former executives of Motorola, 88pal.com.con and YesAsia.com. In addition, Amazon has announced a new managing director for Amazon.co.uk Ltd.
In China, Hanhua Wang, previously a vice president of Motorola’s Asia Pacific region and general manager for its cell phone operations and sales, has been named president of Joyo.com. During his time at Motorola, Wang also served as the company’s director of marketing, consumer insight and sales planning and strategy. Before joining Motorola, Wang was the director of research for Gallup Consulting in Beijing. “We are extremely excited to have Hanhua lead our dedicated Joyo.com team,” says Diego Piacentini, Amazon.com’s senior vice president for worldwide retail and marketing, noting in particular that Wang’s work for Gallup Consulting in Beijing gives him a strong understanding of the Chinese consumer.
Amazon.com also named two other senior executives to the Joyo.com team. Albert Wong has been appointed vice president of operations and customer service. Prior to joining Joyo, he was executive director of IT and director of operations for YesAsia.com and served as general manager for Xinyi Logistics Software. Named vice president of finance for Joyo.com is Cornell Tsaing. Previously, he was CFO for the Chinese social networking site 88pal.com.cn and he served as a director for the investment banking division of ING Bank N.V., in Singapore.
At the same time, the company announced the resignations of Lin Shuixing and Chen Nian, formerly president and executive vice present for Joyo.com, "We would like to thank Lin Shuixing and Chen Nian for all of their efforts on behalf of Joyo.com customers,” says Piacentini. Amazon acquired Joyo.com Ltd., which operated the Joyo sites, in 2004.
Amazon.com also announced Brian McBride as managing director for Amazon.co.uk Ltd. McBride, to join the company in 2006, was formerly managing director for T-Mobile UK. He has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry and has held senior positions in Europe with Dell, IBM, and other companies.