With Xiaomi becoming on of the top-five smartphone vendors in the world, it is not surprising that the company wants to hire top-level talents. According to TechCrunch, the Chinese company has poached Donovan Sung from Spotify. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could launch as a high-end phone with tons of exciting featuresAlso Read - Xiaomi confirms Mi 11 Lite colour variants in India: Here are the options available
Sung s hiring would be a significant capture as he was Spotify s first product manager in the US and is said to have been heavily involved in Spotify s look and feel including its discovery and recommendation features and the move to make the service free across all platforms. Also Read - Spotify Greenroom Clubhouse-like live audio room is here: How to download and get started?
According to the publication, Xiaomi has already hired Sung, though there is no official word from either of the companies. It also cites a few sources claiming that Sung, who is bilingual, will act as a bridge between Barra and Xiaomi’s executive team, most of whom are not fluent in English.
Sung s capture is another example of Xiaomi s connection with former Google employees. Sung has worked at Google before along with Hugo Barra. In addition to Barra himself, Xiaomi recently also hired Jai Mani, another ex-Googler, as the lead product manager for Mi India.
Xiaomi shipped around 17.3 million handsets this quarter, which is a whopping 211.3 percent growth year-over-year. According to analysts, Xiaomi s next step is to target international markets like Europe, where it is set to face even stronger competition.