Chinese search engine company Baidu announced that starting from February 26, 2017, Baidu Group's president and chief operating officer Lu Qi has been appointed director and vice chairman of the board of directors of Baidu.
Baidu announced on January 17, 2017 its intention to appoint Lu as Baidu Group's president and COO, leading products, technology, sales, marketing and operations, effective immediately. Baidu's existing business groups and leaders would all directly report to Lu, while Lu would directly report to Baidu Group's chief executive officer Robin Li.
In addition, Baidu announced other changes to its board of directors.
Greg Penner, who has been a member of the board of directors of Baidu since July 2004, will leave the board and all committees under the board. Yang Yuanqing has been appointed a member of the audit committee and a member of the corporate governance and nominating committee under the board.