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