BEIJING, September 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced the appointment of Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang as president, in charge of new business, effective immediately. Zhang will report to Robin Li, Baidu’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Prior to joining Baidu, Zhang served as Microsoft’s corporate vice president and chairman of Microsoft’s Asia R&D Group, leading overall research and development efforts in Asia-Pacific, the largest Microsoft R&D establishment outside of the United States with over 3,000 scientists and engineers. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as one of the key founders of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA). Zhang founded Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific R&D Group in 2006, integrating disciplines across fundamental research, technology incubation, product development and strategic partnership. Zhang has held various key positions over his 15 year tenure at Microsoft, including managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, chairman of Microsoft China, corporate vice president of Mobile and Embedded Products, and more recently chairman of Microsoft Asia R&D.
“We are delighted to welcome Ya-Qin to our senior executive team,” said Li. “With his wealth of technical knowledge and strong business expertise, Ya-Qin will make valuable contributions as we expand into new areas of business.”
“I’m very excited to be part of Baidu at an important inflection point in the Internet industry,” said Zhang. “Baidu has demonstrated vision, ambition, and commitment to invest in cutting-edge research and innovation that will transform the Internet industry in China and around the world. I share their vision and look forward to realizing the immense potential of Baidu in this new era.”
Zhang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1983 and 1985. Zhang received a Doctor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University in 1989 at the age of 23. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and an adjunct professor for some 20 top universities around the world. Zhang holds over 60 US patents and has authored over 500 papers and 11 books on video coding, mobile communications, and networking.
Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find what they’re looking for. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu’s ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “BIDU”. Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.
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