The chief financial officer of troubled Chinese electric-vehicle maker Nio Inc. is leaving the company just as it struggles to ramp up sales and avoid a cash crunch.
Louis Hsieh has resigned as CFO for personal reasons, Nio said Monday in a statement, adding it has started to look for a replacement.
Nio has been hurt by sputtering EV demand in China just as the upstart is working to break into the world’s biggest market for battery vehicles. The situation has prompted the company, which is backed by technology giant Tencent Holdings, to raise $200 million from founder William Li and a Tencent affiliate, and to plan to spin off some businesses and reduce jobs.
Nio’s U.S.-listed shares have dropped almost 80 percent from their peak following last year’s IPO. They fell 3.3 percent to $1.46 in pre-market trading Monday.
Hsieh started as Nio’s finance chief in 2017 and has also worked for several other U.S.-listed Chinese companies. He has been responsible of Nio’s fundraising.
“I want to thank Louis for his contributions to Nio and wish him all of the best in his future endeavors,” Li said.
Nio is also set to face tougher competition from U.S. rival Tesla Inc., which is preparing to start manufacturing in China. The Californian company is in the process of completing a plant near Shanghai.