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Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Xiaomi Pirates American-Chinese exec from Spotify

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Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, Inc., now the third largest smartphone developer in the world, has hired music streaming company Spotify's first ever Product Manager, Donovan Sung, to lead its global product development division.

Sung, an American-Chinese who speaks bilingually, confirmed he's left Spotify and made this announcement on his official Facebook page.

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Reports claim the move will have a significant impact on Xiaomi's international product development team.

Sung was previously responsible for designing Spotify's look and feel, including the company's initiative to provide its music streaming service free across all platforms. He played a key role in expanding the company's market reach overseas.

Sung also has extensive experience working with top tech companies such as YouTube, Google and Microsoft.

Reports claim Sung will begin working with Xiaomi in Beijing by the second week of November.

Xiaomi is known for hiring former Google employees in the past. In 2013, the Chinese firm hired Google's former Vice President of its Android Division, Hugo Barra, as its International Vice President.

The Chinese giant also recently hired Jai Mani as head of Mi's product management in India.

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