(SINA) has announced the appointment of Charles Chao, formerly Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as its President and Chief Financial Officer.

Concurrently, Hurst Lin, formerly Co-Chief Operating Officer, will remain as its sole Chief Operating Officer.

In related news, last week mourned the death of its acting Chief Executive Officer, Ted Sun, who passed away on September 18. Sun was named acting CEO in September 2001.

Michael Tong, Netease's Chief Operating Officer, and Denny Lee, Chief Financial Officer, assumed Sun's responsibilities until a successor can be named.


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