The head of Google’s China operations, Kai-Fu Lee, is leaving the company to set up his own business.
According to BBC News, Lee will step down as president of Google in greater China some time in September.
When he joined the company from Microsoft in 2004, Microsoft sued him and Google for allegedly breaking an agreement that Lee would not work for a rival for one year after leaving. The case was settled out of court under undisclosed terms.
"Kai-Fu has made an enormous contribution to Google over the last four years, helping dramatically to improve the quality and range of services that we offer in China," Google's senior vice president for engineering, Alan Eustace, told the BBC.
Lee will be replaced by John Liu, who currently heads Google’s sales team in greater China.