MORRISVILLE – Now here is a quick corporate transistion: Head of smartphone efforts in China for Lenovo on one day, vice president at one of Lenovo’s biggest rivals two days later.

Chang Cheng, a veteran Lenovo executive, announced through social media on Dec. 31 that he was leaving.

On Jan. 1, Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi, disclosed that Chang was joining his company as vice president for mobile phone product and planning.

“[Chang] has a deep understanding of the industry and rich operating experience in the field of consumer electronics,” Lei said in a company statement later Thursday. “I believe that under his leadership, our mobile phone product planning will be more forward-looking and closer to users’ needs, and provide stronger support for the mobile phone business.”

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Added Chang via social media:  “On the first day of 2020 [I am] working hard for [my] dreams.”

“Everything you love is very likely to be lost. But in the end, love will return in a different way,” Chang had said on Dec. 31, again through social media.

The addition of Chang comes as Xiamoi plans to invest heavily in development of next-generation 5G technology.

Chang has worked at Lenovo since 2000 in a variety of roles.