Baidu Taps Former Microsoft Exec Dr. Qi Lu as COO

January 17, 2017

Baidu 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."

"I 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.

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