Qi Lu has served as vice chairman of Baidu’s board of directors since February 2017, and previously served as chief operating officer of the Company from January 2017 to June 2018. Prior to his management role at Baidu, Dr. Lu worked at Microsoft since 2009 in various capacities, including global executive vice president leading the Applications and Services Group and president of the Online Services Group. Prior to Microsoft, Dr. Lu worked at Yahoo! Since 1998, most recently as executive vice president in charge of search and advertising technologies. Dr. Lu holds both a bachelor and master’s degree in computer science from Fudan University in China and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. He holds over 40 US patents and has authored many papers in his field.