Didi denies management changes amid cybersecurity probe

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Sign of Chinese ride-hailing service Didi is seen at its headquarters in Beijing
FILE PHOTO: A sign of Chinese ride-hailing service Didi is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China July 5, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo

August 12, 2021

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Global Inc said on Thursday that rumours about a possible management change are not true.

“Didi is actively and fully cooperating with regulators’ cybersecurity probe, market rumours about management change at the company is not true,” Didi said in a Weibo post.

The statement followed a South China Morning Post report, citing people familiar with the matter, that Didi may reshuffle its senior management team as a result of ongoing cybersecurity investigations.

In July, just days after Didi’s $4.4 billion listing on the New York Stock Exchange, the Cyberspace Administration of China ordered app stores to remove Didi’s main ride-hailing app.

The regulator also told Didi to stop registering new users amid a probe into the company, citing national security and the public interest.

Didi is led by Chief Executive Will Cheng and President Jean Liu.

(Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; Editing by Kim Coghill and Christian Schmollinger)