Leshi chairman Sun Hongbin resigns after eight months in office

FILE PHOTO - Chairman of Sunac China Holdings Ltd. Sun Hongbin speaks during a strategic cooperation signing ceremony with Dalian Wanda Group and R&F Properties in Beijing, China July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The chairman of Chinese video-streaming firm Leshi Internet Information and Technology has resigned, the company said late on Wednesday, adding to the problems of its embattled parent LeEco.

After only eight months as chairman, Sun Hongbin, also chairman of Leshi's second largest shareholder Sunac China Holdings Ltd, has decided to leave, Leshi said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange.

Sun will also leave the board of Leshi.

Debt-laden, cash-strapped Leshi received a $2.2 billion investment from Sunac China in January 2017 and Sun was elected chairman in July.

Leshi's parent LeEco was once China's Netflix-to-Tesla contender, but ran into a cash crunch in late 2016 after expanding too fast.

In Wednesday's announcement, Leshi said its general manager Liu Shuqing would be acting chairwoman before the board picked Sun's replacement.

Leshi shares were suspended in afternoon trade, after rising sharply earlier this week. The stock has been volatile since resuming trading on Jan. 24 after a nine-month suspension.

(Reporting by Meg Shen in Hong Kong, Lee Chyen Yee in Singapore; Editing by Mark Potter)