In a move designed to increase the company's market presence in China, Google has hired sales veteran Johnny Chou to "establish and lead Google's
sales and business development operations in Greater China,". Johhny Chou was lured away from his previous role as president of UT Starcom's Chinese
operations. Mr Chou will be working to establish a China based Google research centre along with Lee Kaifu who was subject to court action earlier
this year by Microsoft. Mr lee and Mr Chou will head the research centre in China.
Mr Chou was hired away from UT Starcom, where he was president of that company's China operations for nine years, Google said.
Mr Lee took up his post in China after Microsoft lost a court battle in the United States seeking to block the move.
Mr Lee, a former vice president with Microsoft, was given the green light in September by a judge who said Lee could give Google non-technical advice
on doing business in China.
Microsoft had argued Mr Lee was violating confidentiality and non-competition clauses in his employee contract and could damage the company by giving
Google access to its corporate secrets.
The judge barred Mr Lee, a computer scientist known for pioneering work in the areas of speech recognition and artificial intelligence, from carrying
out work related to computer searches, speech, or languages.
He was also ordered not to disclose any trade secrets he gleaned from Microsoft.
A civil trial that promises to have Google and Microsoft slugging it out in court over Mr Lee is pending.
After arriving in China, Mr Lee said his immediate aim was to recruit 50 college graduates this year, and hire engineers from within the industry.
Mr Lee and Mr Chou will jointly oversee overall operations at Google's center in China, according to the company.
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A big move by Google that will further enhance it's world dominance in the market place.
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[edit on 25-10-2005 by Mayet]