Alibaba Hires Goldman Sachs Veteran To Grow Its International Business


Alibaba is continuing its international push after hiring a Goldman Sachs veteran to lead its international business. Michael Evans, a thirty-year finance executive, has joined the company as its new president.

Evans, who left Goldman at the end of 2013 after 20 years with the firm, is not a new face per se, he’s been a member of Alibaba’s board since its U.S. public listing last year. In his new role, Evans — spent the last nine years at Goldman running the firm’s Asian operations — will be responsible for “leading and executing Alibaba’s international growth strategy,” as it continues to push its network of commerce services to retailers and merchants located outside of China.

Speaking back in April, Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang — who took the hot seat earlier this year — stressed the need for the Chinese company to expand its business across the world. Rather than literally launching e-commerce services in new markets (though it did…

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