Baidu Taps Former Microsoft Exec Dr.
Qi Lu as COO
January 17, 2017
has appointed Dr. Qi Lu as Baidu's Group President and Chief Operating
Officer, in charge of products, technology, sales, marketing and
operations, effective immediately.
Prior to joining Baidu, Dr. Lu served as Microsoft's Global Executive
Vice President and led one of Microsoft's three business units.
"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Qi Lu to our senior executive team,"
said Robin Li, Baidu's Chairman and Group CEO, "Dr. Lu possesses a
wealth of leadership and management experience, and is a leading
authority in the area of artificial intelligence. I am confident that
Dr. Lu will make major contributions to the overall strength of our
management and technology. To achieve our goals, especially in
artificial intelligence, which is a key strategic focus for the next
decade, we will need to continue attracting the best global talent. With
Dr. Lu on board, we are confident that our strategy will be executed
smoothly and Baidu will become a world-class technology company and
global leader in AI."
am delighted to join Baidu," said Dr. Lu. "Baidu is well known as one of
China's top technology companies, and is already recognized on the
global stage as a leader in AI. I am excited to help realize Baidu's
visionary AI strategy. To be part of Baidu's evolution into a
world-class technology company for the AI-era is a tremendous
opportunity. Under Robin's leadership, I look forward to working with
the entire Baidu team to create a true global technology leader."
Dr. Lu received bachelor and master degrees in computer science from
Fudan University in Shanghai and a PhD in computer science from Carnegie
Mellon University. He holds over 40 US patents and has authored many
papers in his field. He joined Yahoo! in 1998 and later became Senior
Vice President in charge of search and advertising technologies, and
subsequently became Executive Vice President in 2007. In 2009 he joined
Microsoft as President of its Online Services Group. In 2013, Dr. Lu was
appointed as Microsoft's Global Executive Vice President and was put in
charge of its Office business.