Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang tells employees not to ‘live for KPIs’ in speech after being named Jack Ma’s successor

By Zen Soo

In his first internal management strategy speech since being named Jack Ma's successor, Alibaba Group Holding chief executive Daniel Zhang Yong reminded managers in the company that key performance indicators should never be the sole reason to do something.

“If we live for KPIs, and do something just for the sake of KPIs, then Alibaba is finished,” Zhang said last month at an internal meeting for its organisation department, a group of about 500 high-level executives and leaders in the company.

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