Microsoft China president Tang Jun is leaving his position at the subsidiary of the world's largest software company to serve as president of China's largest online games operator, Shanda Networking Development Co.
Tang leaves Microsoft after less than two years as president and five months after Microsoft created a new position above him – Greater China CEO – which was filled by former Motorola China head Tim Chen.
Shanda is controlled by Chen Tianqiao who will step down as president but retain his role as chairman of the company. Shanda announced that it was hiring Tang to help the company improve its management and operations. It is widely speculated that Shanda is preparing to list on the Nasdaq, which could see the company valued around US$1 billion.
The company claims 150 million registered users.