Ma, one of the wealthiest and most well-known businessmen in China, left office on his 55th birthday, within a succession plan announced last year.
It will be replaced by the current CEO, Daniel Zhang, which will share the leadership with 35 other partners who control the company.
The now former president of the company will continue to be part of Alibaba Partnership, who have the right to appoint the majority of the components of the company's board of directors.
Ma, a former English teacher, founded Alibaba in 1999 to connect Chinese exporters with US retailers.
Since then, the company changed its focus to serve the growing consumer market in China and expanded to the electronic banking, entertainment and cloud computing. His domestic business accounted for 66 percent of his income of 16.7 billion dollars in the quarter ending in June.
The chinese retail sales They face a moment of uncertainty over the trade war between Beijing and Washington, which increased the cost of US imports.