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Jack Ma Gives Up Position In China's Prestigious Guild – Read Why

  • Alibaba Group Holding Limited BABA co-founder Jack Ma stepped down as the General Association of Zhejiang Entrepreneurs president, a position he has held since 2015.
  • Ma, now 58, continued his post-retirement tour of food-related businesses and farms worldwide, SCMP reports.
  • Nan Cunhui, the chairman of the electric parts maker Chint Group, succeeded Ma as the head of the prestigious guild in his home province, an area in China long-known for private entrepreneurship.
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  • The guild offered Ma a prestigious backdrop to articulate entrepreneurship, management, and governance, and now it provided him with an honorary title as an adviser.
  • Ma retired and stepped down as Alibaba’s executive chairman in 2019. Ma does not look to live abroad permanently. 
  • Ma will go to Southeast Asia for a similar look at agriculture-related businesses.
  • Ma, who spent one in every three days of the year traveling in 2018, scaled back his schedule significantly in retirement. 
  • He spent the past three months in Japan, where he examined the operations of farmed fishery technology, extending his interest in sustainable agriculture and the food industry.
  • Ma visited the Oshima station of the Kindai University’s Aquaculture Research Institute in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture in September when he turned 58.
  • Ma looked to bring home later the advanced agricultural technology he learned from other countries.
  • He visited a research institute in the Netherlands in October 2021 to acquaint himself with food-related technology, including agricultural infrastructure, plant breeding, and the training of experts in the field.
  • Ma believed that combining the latest technology would create tremendous potential for the modernization of agriculture in China and developing countries.

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