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 (Nasdaq: BIDU; SEHK: 9888). Prior to founding Baidu, Mr. Li worked as an engineer for Infoseek, a pioneer in the internet search engine industry. Mr. Li currently serves on the boards of New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU; SEHK: 9901) and Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM; SEHK: 9961). 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 our company, 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 (Nasdaq: SOHU), 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. 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 served as the chief financial officer of Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU; SEHK: 9888) from September 2017 to November 2021. In August 2021, Mr. Yu was appointed chief strategy officer of Baidu, responsible for corporate strategy and business development. Prior to joining Baidu, Mr. Yu served as the chief financial officer of Weibo Corp., a social media company (NASDAQ: WB) from 2015 to 2017. Prior to Weibo, Mr. Yu worked at SINA Corp., a leading portal, from 2004 to 2015, initially as a VP of Finance and in 2006 became the chief financial officer. Mr. Yu currently serves on the board of directors of ZTO Express Inc., an express delivery company (NYSE: ZTO; SEHK: 2057). Mr. Yu, a California Certified Public Accountant, received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and master in accountancy (MAcc) from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Dou Shen has served as our director since September 2019. Dr. Shen currently serves as executive vice president of Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU; SEHK: 9888). 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 currently serves on the board of directors of Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM) and Kuaishou Technology (SEHK: 1024). He was previously a director of Uxin Limited (Nasdaq: UXIN) from May 2018 to November 2019. 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 the Chairman of VSP Private Fund Management (Zhuhai) Co., Limited since 2021. From 2016 to 2020, Mr. Sun was a venture partner at Blue Lake Capital. 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 Zhihu Inc. (NYSE: ZH) and Yiren Digital Ltd. (NYSE: YRD). Mr. Sun served as an independent director of Fang Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN) from September 2010 to May 2019, Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) from March 2018 to July 2019 and CAR Inc. (formerly SEHK: 699) from August 2014 to July 2021, when CAR Inc. was privatized. Mr. Sun received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Beijing Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Public Accountant in China.
Junjie He has served as our director since March 2021. Mr. He serves as a vice president of Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU; SEHK: 9888). He is in charge of Baidu’s group budgeting, financial planning and analysis, and manages Baidu’s corporate resource allocation and certain growth initiatives. Mr. He joined Baidu in 2017. Before his current position in Baidu, Mr. He oversaw Baidu’s Mergers & Acquisition Department from 2017 to 2020. Mr. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University in 2007.
Conor Chia-hung Yang
Mr. Conor Chia-hung Yang has served as our independent director since April 2022. Mr. Yang has been the chief financial officer of TalkingData Group Holding Limited since December 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Yang was the co-founder and president of Black Fish Group Limited from 2017 to 2021. From 2007 to 2017, Mr. Yang served in several chief financial officer positions at US-listed companies including Tuniu Corporation (Nasdaq: TOUR), E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc., and AirMedia Group Inc. Mr. Yang was the chief executive officer of Rock Mobile Corporation from 2004 to 2007, and the chief financial officer of the Asia Pacific region for Cellstar Asia Corporation from 1999 to 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Yang was a senior banker at Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., Lehman Brothers Asia Limited and Morgan Stanley Asia Limited from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Yang received his master's degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.