REFILE-Alibaba pins U.S. growth hopes on Goldman's China rainmaker

Wed Aug 5, 2015 3:05am EDT
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(Refiles to add dropped word "as" in 7th para)

* Evans left Goldman Sachs in 2013

* Sat on Alibaba's board since its 2014 IPO

* Hired to lead international expansion plan

* Won rowing gold medal in 1984

By Lawrence White

HONG KONG, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is hoping a Canadian Olympic gold medallist once tipped to be the next chief executive of Goldman Sachs Group Inc will help them make it big in the United States.

Michael Evans, who turns 58 this month, retired from the U.S. investment bank in 2013, having forged a reputation as one of the most prolific deal makers in Alibaba's native China during a seven year stint in Hong Kong between 2004 and 2011.

Now he is tasked with leading the e-commerce giant's expansion outside its homeland, an assignment that will be particularly tough in the U.S. given regulators' sometimes hostile attitude to Chinese firms buying American technology assets.   Continued...