Board of Directors
Robin Yanhong Li
Chairman of the Board
Robin Yanhong Li has served as the chairman of our 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 Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM). 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. Mr. Yu is currently the chief financial officer of Baidu. Prior to joining Baidu in September 2017, Mr. Yu was the chief financial officer of Weibo Corporation (Nasdaq: WB) between 2015 and 2017. From 2004 to 2015, Mr. Yu worked at Sina Corporation (Nasdaq: SINA), serving as its chief financial officer in the last eight years. Mr. Yu began his career in the Silicon Valley, where he held various finance and accounting management positions at Adobe Systems Inc., Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and VeriFone Systems, Inc. Mr. Yu serves on the boards of 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) and ZTO Express Inc. (NYSE: ZTO). Mr. Yu, a California Certified Public Accountant, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California and a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Dou Shen has served as our director since September 2019. Dr. Shen currently serves as senior vice president of Baidu, leading Baidu’s Mobile Ecosystem Group (MEG). Dr. Shen oversees Baidu App, search, feed, Haokan short video app, Baidu’s smart mini program and content ecosystem, and online advertising business. Dr. Shen has served in various other roles since joining Baidu in 2012, including in search, display advertising and financial services group. Prior to Baidu, Dr. Shen served as a researcher at Microsoft’s AdCenter Labs. He was also founder of Buzzlabs, a social media analytics company that was later acquired by IAC-owned CityGrid Media. Dr. Shen is currently the vice-chair of KDDC (China chapter of ACM in data-mining). Dr. Shen holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from North China Electric Power University, a master’s degree in engineering from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Chuan Wang has served as our director since 2014. Mr. Wang is a co-founder of Xiaomi Corporation and joined Xiaomi in 2012. Mr. Wang is currently a senior vice president of Xiaomi Corporation. 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 since March 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 a director on the boards of Yirendai Ltd. (NYSE: YRD) and 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 director since June 2018. Ms. Sun currently serves as the chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM) ("Trip.com"). Ms. Sun first joined Trip.com as its chief financial officer in 2005, and later served as its chief operating officer and co-president, before serving as its chief executive officer in 2016. Ms. Sun is a member of JPMorgan Asian Advisory Board, vice chair of the World Travel & Tourism Council, co-chair of the Development Advisory Board of University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, and a member of the board of directors of Business China. In 2019, she was awarded an Asia Society Asia Game Changer award. Forbes named her one of the Emergent 25 Asia’s Latest Star Businesswomen in 2018, and one of the Most Influential and Outstanding Businesswomen in China in 2017. She was also named one of Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2017. During her tenure at Trip.com, she also won the Institutional Investor Awards for the Best CEO and the Best CFO. Ms. Sun received her bachelor’s degree from the business school of the University of Florida with high honors. She also obtained her LLM degree from Peking University Law School.
Haifeng Wang, Ph.D. has served as our director since June 2018. Dr. Wang joined Baidu in 2010 and was promoted to chief technology officer in May 2019. Dr. Wang overseas our intelligent cloud business, research and development efforts in artificial intelligence as well as other technology groups. 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.