Google’s Head of China Operation Resigns

September 4, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Kai-Fu Lee, the president of Google’s Chinese operations, since 2005, is leaving his post to start his own company. Lee was hired soon after leaving his position with Microsoft at the Redmond, Washington campus and soon became the center of a legal dispute, when Microsoft sued Google claiming that Lee was in violation of a one-year non-compete contract.

Lee is recognized as an expert in speech recognition technology. He founded Microsoft’s China research lab in the late 1990s and also worked at Silicon Graphics and Apple before joining Microsoft.

Google and Microsoft settled the legal case out of court and Lee went on to head Google’s search engine enterprise in China, which was constantly at odds with the Communist country’s censorship policies.

“With a very strong leadership team in place, it seemed a very good moment for me to move to the next chapter in my career,” Lee said in a prepared statement.

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