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Xiaomi's VP Hugo Barra heads to Silicon Valley

Hugo Barra leaves Xiaomi after three and a half years

Hugo Barra: "What I've realised is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health."
Hugo Barra: "What I've realised is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health."

Hugo Barra has announced his departure from Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, citing health reasons.

During Barra's three and a half years at Xiaomi, he was responsible for expanding the brand globally, including Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, however in particular, his efforts in India where Xiaomi's reportedly generated $1bn in annual revenues.

Despite citing health reasons, Barra also revealed he will finished his tenure after the Chinese New Year in February and then return to Silicon Valley.

Barra posted a message on Facebook, shedding light on his decision. He said: "What I've realised is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be my home, and my life are back in Silicon Valley, which is also much closer to my family. Seeing how much I've left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to return."

Xiaomi itself has withdrawn from several international markets and furthermore the brand fell out of the top five smartphone vendors in 2016. In spite of this, Xiaomi chief executive officer Lei Jun, addressed recent struggles and in a letter to its employees he said that "the worst is over".

Senior vice president Xiang Wang will replace Barra and will oversee the Xiaomi's global efforts going forward.