With Jack Ma's ex-student in charge, Alibaba hopes to reverse e-commerce slide

Alibaba Group Holding looks to usher in a new era of expansion with a former student of founder Jack Ma in charge of its all-important Chinese e-commerce operations.

Trudy Dai, one of Alibaba’s 18 founding members, will take charge of a new China digital commerce team in January, essentially replacing Jiang Fan as head of domestic e-commerce. Jiang will instead lead the international digital commerce team.

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