As a part of Alibaba’s global ambition, the Chinese Internet giant today announced the appointment of Jim Wilkinson, former senior PepsiCo executive who once worked for the U.S. government, as Senior Vice President and Head of International Corporate Affairs.

Wilkinson will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be charged with building and leading Alibaba Group’s international corporate affairs team.

Wilkinson is joining Alibaba at a time when the company is putting more focus on overseas market and its relation with the U.S. is more important than ever. The firm just filed for an U.S. IPO last week.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.