(Yicai Global) Feb. 20 -- The co-founder of China's largest online bookseller Dangdang has left the company after 19 years.
Li Guoqing no longer holds any position at China Dangdang, the Beijing-based firm said in a statement, adding that President Peggy Yu will also serve as chief executive officer going forward.
Li had started preparations to leave the firm as early as last April when HNA Technology, formerly known as Tianhai Investment, announced plans to acquire Dangdang. He had opposed the takeover though the deal did not ultimately go through.
He now plans to set up a book club, Li told the media, adding that he will invite well-known writers covering 10 genres to share their knowledge. The club will allow readers to make friends based on shared literary interests and form reading groups online.
Li aims to reach an annual user base of 400 million within three to five years.
Editor: William Clegg