Zhang Yiming, who helped found TikTok’s parent company, the Chinese internet conglomerate ByteDance, and turned it into a globe-straddling giant, will step down as chief executive at the end of the year to focus on long-term strategy, he wrote in a letter to employees dated Wednesday.

帮助创立抖音母公司——中国互联网集团字节跳动,并使其成为全球性巨头的张一鸣将于今年年底辞去首席执行官一职,专注于长期战略,他在周三写给员工的一封信中写道。

ByteDance’s co-founder and head of human resources, Liang Rubo, will take the reins as chief executive.

字节跳动联合创始人、人力资源主管梁汝波将接任首席执行官。

“After handing over my role as C.E.O., and removing myself from the responsibilities of daily management, I will have the space to explore long-term strategies, organizational culture and social responsibility, with a more objective perspective on the company,” Mr. Zhang wrote.

张一鸣写道:“我决定卸任CEO的角色,放下日常的管理工作,作为公司创始人,聚焦到远景战略、企业文化、社会责任等长期重要的事情上去。”

Mr. Zhang, 38, is also ByteDance’s chairman. The letter, which ByteDance posted on its website, did not address whether the leadership transition would affect his role in that position.

张一鸣今年38岁,他也是字节跳动的董事长。字节跳动在公司网站上发布了这封信,但并未说明领导层换届是否会影响他在该职位上的角色。

ByteDance, founded in 2012, is China’s first truly global internet company. With TikTok, it has achieved a level of commercial success and cultural influence that none of the country’s other tech powerhouses have managed outside China’s borders.

字节跳动成立于2012年,是中国第一家真正意义上的全球互联网公司。通过TikTok,它取得了一定程度的商业成功和文化影响力,这是中国任何其他科技巨头在中国境外都没有做到的。