Board of Directors
Robin Yanhong Li
Chairman of the Board
Robin Yanhong Li has served as iQIYI’s chairman of the board of directors since 2009. Mr. Li is the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu. Prior to founding Baidu, Mr. Li worked as an engineer for Infoseek, a pioneer in the internet search engine industry, from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Li currently serves on the boards of New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) and Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP). Mr. Li received a bachelor’s degree in information science from Peking University in China and a master’s degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Yu Gong is the founder, chief executive officer and director of iQIYI, and oversees our overall strategy and business operations. Prior to founding iQIYI, Dr. Gong was the president and chief operating officer of umessage.com, a top mobile internet services solution provider in China. Prior to that, Dr. Gong served in the roles of vice president, senior vice president, and chief operating officer at Sohu.com, a Nasdaq-listed company, from 2003 to 2008. From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Gong was the founder and chief executive officer of focus.cn, the then largest real estate search website in China, which was sold to Sohu.com. (Nasdaq: SOHU) Dr. Gong received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in automation control from Tsinghua University.
Herman Yu has served as our director since 2017, and as the non-voting member of our audit committee. Mr. Yu is currently the chief financial officer of Baidu. Prior to joining Baidu in September 2017, Mr. Yu served as chief financial officer of Weibo Corporation, a social media in China (NASDAQ: WB) from 2015 to 2017. Prior to Weibo, Mr. Yu worked at SINA Corporation, a portal in China (NASDAQ: SINA) from 2004 to 2015, with the last eight years as chief financial officer. Mr. Yu began his career at Arthur Andersen and held various finance and accounting management positions at Adobe Systems Inc., Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and VeriFone Systems, Inc. Mr. Yu is currently a director of 58.com Inc., an online classifieds listing company (NYSE: WUBA), ZTO Express Inc., an express delivery company (NYSE: ZTO), and Ctrip.com International, Ltd., an online travel agency (Nasdaq: CTRP). Mr. Yu, a California Certified Public Accountant, received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s of accountancy from the University of Southern California.
Lu Wang has served as our director since 2018. Mr. Wang is currently the vice president of Baidu in charge of strategic partnerships, marketing, public relations and government relations functions. Prior to Baidu, Mr. Wang was president and CEO of Wal-Mart Global eCommerce in Asia, and led the acquisition of the e-commerce platform Yihaodian. Before Wal-Mart, Mr. Wang was a global vice president and president in China at CBS Interactive. Mr. Wang also previously held roles at CNET and Ziff-Davis. Mr. Wang holds a bachelor’s degree from Beijing Union University and an Executive MBA degree from Peking University.
Chuan Wang has served as our director since 2014. Mr. Wang is a co-founder of Xiaomi Corporation and has served as its vice president since 2012. Mr. Wang is also a co-founder of Beijing Duokan Technology, where he served as chief executive officer since inception in 2010. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Wang served as the general manager of Beijing Thunder Stone Century Technology Co., Ltd. Mr. Wang serves on the boards of Xunlei Limited (Nasdaq: XNET) and Zhejiang Huace Film & TV Co., Ltd. (300133: CH). Mr. Wang holds a bachelor’s degree from Beijing University of Technology.
Sam Hanhui Sun
Sam Hanhui Sun has served as our independent director and the chairman of our audit committee since 2018. Mr. Sun has been a venture partner at Blue Lake Capital since 2016. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Sun served various positions at Qunar Cayman Islands Limited, a Nasdaq-listed company, including Qunar’s president in 2015 and its chief financial officer from 2010 to 2015. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Sun was the chief financial officer of KongZhong Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed company. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Sun served in several financial controller positions at Microsoft China R&D Group, Maersk China Co. Ltd., and SouFun.com. From 1995 to 2004, Mr. Sun worked in KPMG’s auditing practice group. Mr. Sun currently serves as an independent director and audit committee chair of each of Yirendai Ltd. (NYSE: YRD), Fang Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN), CAR Inc. (SEHK: 699). Mr. Sun received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Beijing Institute of Technology in 1993. He is a Certified Public Accountant in China.
Jane Jie Sun
Jane Jie Sun has served as our independent director and the member of our audit committee since 2018. Jane Jie Sun serves as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP) from November 2016. Prior to that, she was the Chief Operating Officer since May 2012 and Co-President since March 2015, and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2012. Ms. Sun is well respected for her extensive experiences in operating and managing online travel businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting and operations. In 2018, she was named one of the Emergent 25 Asia’s latest star businesswomen by Forbes Asia. In 2017, she was also named one of the most influential and outstanding businesswomen by Forbes China, one of Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People in Business. During her tenure at Ctrip, she won the Best CEO and Best CFO Award by Institutional Investor. Prior to joining Ctrip, Ms. Sun worked as the head of the SEC and External Reporting Division of Applied Materials, Inc. since 1997. Prior to that, she worked with KPMG LLP as an audit manager in Silicon Valley, California for five years. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and State of California Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Sun received her bachelor’s degree from the business school of the University of Florida with high honors. She also attended Beijing University Law School and obtained her LLM degree.
Haifeng Wang, Ph.D., joined Baidu in 2010 and was promoted to senior vice president in May 2018. Dr. Wang is in charge of Baidu’s Artificial Intelligence Group (AIG) and heads Baidu Research, overseeing Baidu’s development efforts in machine learning, big data, computer vision, natural language processing, speech technology, knowledge graph, robotics, augmented reality and maps. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Wang oversaw Baidu’s core search products. Currently he serves as president of National Engineering Laboratory for Deep Learning Technology and Applications. Dr. Wang is a fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). He obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at the Harbin Institute of Technology.