January 11, 1972|
|Nationality||People's Republic of China|
|Alma mater||Shanghai University of Finance and Economics|
Daniel Zhang or Zhang Yong (Chinese: 张勇; pinyin: Zhāng Yǒng) is the CEO of Alibaba Group. Before becoming the CEO, Zhang was best known for his roles as CEO of Taobao and president of Tmall.com (owned by Alibaba). While running Tmall, Zhang created the Singles' Day shopping holiday, an annual Chinese sales event with gross sales three times higher than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. 
Early life and Education
Zhang first joined Taobao (an Alibaba subsidiary) in 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer. The following year he became the Chief Operating Officer of Taobao. In 2011, Zhang was promoted to President of Tmall.com, a business-to-consumer shopping spinoff from Taobao. It was during his time running Tmall that Zhang launched the Single's Day shopping event.
In 2013, Zhang was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Alibaba Group, and eventually succeeded Jonathan Lu as the CEO in 2015. On September 10, 2018, Jack Ma announced that Zhang would also take over as executive chairman, effective in 1 year on September 10, 2019.
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