John Lui, Google’s China chief, has reportedly stepped down after five plus years with the search giant. According to ZDNet, Liu is looking elsewhere to pursue other opportunities, though it’s unclear where his future lies. Also unclear is whether Google’s turbulent presence in China had anything to do with Liu’s departure. Google EMEA director of partnerships Scott Beaumont will reportedly fill in for Liu beginning in August.
Android has been an enormous strength for Google in China, though the company’s services have been blocked on a number of occasions in the country. Most recently, the search giant was censored late last year for a short period, but it’s unclear why; Google at the time said nothing was wrong on the search giant’s end—Google Chairman Eric Schmidt ultimately said China’s censorship ultimately fails.
Be that as it may, Google’s relationship in China is obviously rough enough that execs are stepping away.