21Vianet Group hires former President of JD Cloud as executive chairman

Samuel Shen

The company says Shen is known for his business acumen and technical foresight, with extensive experience in the fields of cloud, edge computing big data and AI services.

21Vianet Group (Nasdaq: VNET) has announced that Samuel Shen has joined the company as executive chairman of the company’s retail IDC business group.

Shen previously served as President of JD Cloud where he led JD Cloud’s efforts to extend its offerings of tailored service solutions to a wide range of companies in different industry verticals.

“We are excited about the addition of such high-calibre talent to our team,” said Josh Chen, Founder and Executive Chairman of the company.

“Samuel is distinguished by his in-depth expertise in technological and cloud service innovation, proven leadership, solid track record of supporting corporate digital transformation, and deep industry knowledge, which will enable him to bring significant value to 21Vianet and spearhead the growth of our retail IDC business group.

“We believe that Samuel’s commitment to excellence will be instrumental to our performance as the Company further advances towards serving its customers’ increasing demands that are being driven by the ongoing trend of corporate digitisation across China.


Time is precious, but news has no time. Sign up today to receive daily free updates in your email box from the Data Economy Newsroom.

“With the addition of Samuel to our executive leadership team, 21Vianet will accelerate its entrance into the next chapter of growth through its hyper-scale wholesale and value-added retail dual growth engines.”

Prior to JD Cloud, he held various senior positions at Microsoft, leading and contributing to its cloud transformation success.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join 21Vianet and lead its retail IDC business group,” said Shen.

“I’m also energised by such a talented team, all of whom share a passion for achieving business success and long-term growth.

“I look forward to working closely with the team to seize the rapidly emerging opportunities in the market and help further enhance the Company’s strengths with its retail customers.”

Read the latest from the Data Economy Newsroom: