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Alibaba bets on Jack Ma protege to reverse slowdown

CEO Zhang seen losing clout in sweeping leadership and organizational changes

China's e-commerce giant is experiencing its lowest growth ever, prompting it to make big changes.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- 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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