Less than a year later, Hisense Group changed coaches again.
On February 14, Hisense issued an internal document announcing that Dr. Lin Lan resigned as chairman of Hisense Group, and Jia Shaoqian, president of the group, took over.
At the same time, Yu Zhitao became the executive vice president of the group.
So far, Hisense's core executive team has successfully entered the "post-70s".
In recent years, the first generation of entrepreneurs in the home appliance industry, who were all-powerful at the time, gradually began to "call off". They were extremely cautious in choosing their successors, and adopted different "handover models" that adapted to their own business development.
At the same time, Dong Mingzhu, chairman of Gree Electric Appliances, and Li Dongsheng, chairman of TCL, who are still sticking to the front line, have provided experience and ideas for reference.
"Post-70s" are in charge of Hisense's handsome seal
In March 2022, Lin Lan replaced Zhou Houjian as the chairman of Hisense Group. Zhou Houjian, who has been in charge of Hisense for 30 years, chose to retire in a low-key manner.
Since Lin Lan was only one year younger than Zhou Houjian, the outside world speculated that this was just a transitional behavior of Hisense's handover.
Lin Lan once said that his mission after taking over is to lead Hisense to a new level on the current basis, to build Hisense into a truly international enterprise, and to move towards a world-class enterprise organization.
On December 18, 2022, on the eve of the Qatar World Cup finals, Lin Lan announced the three major goals of Hisense Group in Qatar: to increase the Hisense global brand price index to 100 within three years, making Hisense a more famous high-value brand ; develop and cultivate Hisense's second growth curve; at the same time, carry out long-term cooperation with global authoritative consulting agencies to improve organizational efficiency and carry out active global talent growth plans to adapt to and prepare for the rapid development of Hisense in the next stage.
Hisense Group revealed that Lin Lan and Jia Shaoqian were both external and internal, and actively coordinated and cooperated closely, and handed over a satisfactory answer to the board of directors: In 2022, the group's operating income will be 183.5 billion yuan, and the profit will be 12.2 billion yuan (a year-on-year increase of 20.4%) , Overseas revenue was 75.74 billion yuan.
In addition, after Lin Lan retires, he will still play an important role in the international market as a senior consultant.
The relevant person in charge of Hisense Group also confirmed the above news to the reporter of Beijing Business Daily.
According to public information, Jia Shaoqian was born in 1972 and has a master's degree in management. In his early years, he served as the legal adviser of the legal affairs department of Hisense Group Co., Ltd., the public relations director of the president's office, the deputy director of the president's office, the director of the president's office, and the chairman of the supervisory board of Qingdao Hisense Electric Co., Ltd.
In the summer of 2019, Jia Shaoqian was officially appointed as the president of Hisense Group. When he gave a speech at the "Salute to 70 Years: China Enterprise Management Development Forum" held by Shandong University on July 7 of that year, his title has been changed to " President of Hisense Group".
It is worth noting that Yu Zhitao, who is also a "post-70s", will serve as the executive vice president this time.
Previously, he had a background in technology and traded in Haixin's display industry, which "made a fortune".
In 2022, Hisense TV global shipments will rank second in the world.
Obviously, he will form a golden partner with Jia Shaoqian, who is also a "post-70s".
So far, Hisense's core executive team has successfully entered the "post-70s".
Industry observer Xu Yiqiang said that Lin Lan's tenure as chairman in the past year not only achieved a continuous breakthrough in Hisense's internationalization, that is, a breakthrough from quantitative change to qualitative change, but also ranked No. 2 in the world's global color TV, and started to compete with Samsung for hegemony in China and South Korea.
More importantly, Lin Lan also provided a certain buffer period and test period for the succession of the "post-70s" Jia Shaoqian and Yu Zhitao team.
From the point of view of the handover, Hisense should have stood at the starting point of a new round of development, that is, from participating in global competition to leading global competition.
different succession models
In fact, long before Zhou Houjian, Zhang Ruimin, Ni Runfeng, and He Xiangjian had all retreated behind the scenes of Haier, Changhong, and Midea.
In November 2021, Zhang Ruimin, the founder of Haier Group, resigned from the position of chairman of the board of directors of Haier Group and officially handed over to Zhou Yunjie.
It is worth noting that, since well-known home appliance companies in China have different corporate cultures, corporate backgrounds, and corporate properties, they have also introduced different successor systems in the selection of successors.
As the founder of Haier Group, Zhang Ruimin has been delegating power since 2013, and, like Huawei, introduced the "horse racing system" - the rotating CEO system for consideration.
In July 2013, two candidates for Haier's succession surfaced. At that time, Qingdao Haier and Haier Electronics, the two listed companies under the Haier Group, were respectively managed by Liang Haishan, Chairman of Qingdao Haier, and Zhou Yunjie, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Haier Electric. Under the rotating president mechanism, Zhang Ruimin's position has not changed, and he still serves as the chairman and CEO of Haier Group.
In 2016, with Zhou Yunjie appointed as the president of Haier Group, the rotating president system decided the result.
Five years later, Zhang Ruimin officially "handed over" to Zhou Yunjie.
The succession model of the black power giant Skyworth has taken the "second generation" model.
On June 8, 2022, Skyworth Group announced that Lin Jin, the son of the company's founder and controlling shareholder Huang Hongsheng, will succeed Lai Weide as the chairman of the board of directors and executive committee of Skyworth Group from July 7, 2022. The 64-year-old Lai Weide retired and no longer worked in Skyworth Group.
Prior to this, Huang Hongsheng had laid the groundwork for more than ten years in training his son to "success".
Another white goods giant, Midea Group, took over relatively early, and Midea was later hailed as a successful business case by many business schools.
In August 2012, He Xiangjian, the 70-year-old founder of Midea Group, handed over the "power" of the company's chairman to Fang Hongbo, a professional manager, creating a new model of non-"father-to-son" handover of Chinese home appliance private holding companies.
Liang Zhenpeng, an observer of home appliances, believes that Midea Group has provided a case of great reference value for Chinese private enterprises.
In particular, Midea is the first company in the home appliance industry to diversify and achieve the most obvious results.
an unfinished game of chess
The retirement of Zhou Houjian, Zhang Ruimin, Ni Runfeng, He Xiangjian and other older generation home appliance professionals has also attracted the attention of the home appliance industry regarding the successors of Dong Mingzhu, who was born in 1954, and Li Dongsheng, who was born in 1957.
A few years ago, Li Dongsheng publicly stated that he hoped to retire at the age of 65, and the successor already had the answer in his mind. Now that Li Dongsheng has turned 65, the successor has not yet surfaced.
However, Li Dongsheng rejected the future succession model of TCL's "family inheritance".
"You mean family inheritance? I don't think about it. And like manufacturing, I don't think family inheritance is a good way. The key is that manufacturing capabilities need to be accumulated. But I have repeatedly considered the matter of business succession. In the future, TCL will definitely have the next generation of younger people to take over, and I believe they will do better than me." Li Dongsheng said in an interview with "Chinese Entrepreneur" magazine in 2021.
The issue of Gree Electric's successor has attracted more attention from the outside world.
Since Wang Jingdong, the former director, vice president, and secretary of the board of directors of Gree Electric Appliances, and Huang Hui, the former director and executive president, have resigned one after another, the successor of Gree Electric Appliances has been constantly reminiscent of people.
On November 19, 2021, Gree Electric announced the appointment of Fang Xiangjian as vice president, and he may be the successor.
In addition, Dong Mingzhu also publicly stated that he would train his secretary Meng Yutong as "the second Dong Mingzhu".
Unlike Haier Group, which originated from collectively owned enterprises, and Midea Group, which is privately controlled, Gree Electric Appliances was originally a state-owned holding company. It completed the mixed ownership reform in early 2020 and became a listed company with dispersed equity and no actual controller.
Therefore, Gree Electric is now also a private enterprise.
From this perspective, there is no obvious age limit for the chairman of Gree Electric Appliances. The 68-year-old Dong Mingzhu's succession plan is still "an unfinished game of chess".
In 2022, Dong Mingzhu made it clear that he hopes that in the next three years, one of Gree Electric's existing management will stand out and continue to lead everyone.
Liang Zhenpeng said that according to the current situation, Dong Mingzhu may become an investment-oriented professional manager in the future, and his succession mode may be different from other companies.
"For an enterprise, the question of the succession of the head is a long-term strategy in the process of enterprise management. There is no standard answer, and it needs to be judged according to the actual situation of the enterprise. Whether it is Zhou Houjian's retirement, or Li Dongsheng and Dong Mingzhu's continued fighting , are all choices made by the enterprise according to its own development strategy, as long as it can create value for the enterprise, it is the best answer." Xu Yiqiang said.
Beijing Business Daily reporter Jin Chaoli Wang Zhuli