SHANGHAI, March 18 (Reuters) - Microsoft (MSFT.O) said on Thursday its vice-president of sales for its MSN China joint venture would leave the firm at the end of March to pursue his own start-up.
Xiao Chen, who has been with the company since its inception in China, submitted his letter of resignation recently, a Microsoft spokeswoman told Reuters.
MSN China, which was launched in 2005 with local partners, ran into trouble late last year when its microblogging site, Juku —created by an independent vendor— was was accused of copying another start-up. Microsoft subsequently suspended the service.
China has the world’s largest Internet market by users at 384 million at the end of last year. (Reporting by Melanie Lee; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)