Meet Daniel Zhang, the workaholic who’s succeeding Jack Ma as Alibaba’s chairman and keeps such a low profile that he was once mistaken for a janitor in the company’s headquarters

Jack Ma is a hard act to follow.

Daniel Zhang has accepted the challenge, first being promoted to CEO of Alibaba in 2015, the online marketplace founded by Ma, and then succeeding him as chairman after Ma's retirement on September 10.

Zhang, however, is as private as Ma is flamboyant.

Read more: Inside Jack Ma's 60,000-person retirement party, which was held in an Olympic stadium and featured employee performances that made Ma cry

Alibaba did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the transition or Zhang's background.

Keep reading to learn more about Daniel Zhang.

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