Baidu Promotes Jerry Liu to Chief Technology Officer

Feb 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from, Inc.

    BEIJING, Feb. 6 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ --, Inc. (Nasdaq:   BIDU),
 the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced the
 promotion of Mr. Jerry Liu to Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  Prior to the
 promotion, Mr. Liu had been the Vice President of Engineering since August
     ''Jerry was our first employee six years ago and has been integral in
 transforming Baidu from a new start-up company into the top search engine in
 China,'' said Robin Li, Baidu's Chairman and CEO.  ''Under his leadership, our
 technology team has attracted outstanding talents and developed into an
 exceptional team.  His industry knowledge, technical expertise and management
 skills are unparalleled in China.''
     ''With responsibility for innovation and new product development, Jerry
 and his team are expected to play a key role in developing innovative products
 and services appealing to Chinese users to ensure that Baidu will continue to
 provide the best Chinese language search experience,'' Mr. Li continued.
     Mr. Liu has more than 15 years of experience in software engineering, R&D
 and management.  He joined Baidu in January 2000 and in August 2000, he was
 appointed as the Vice President of Engineering responsible for supervising
 multiple teams of engineers and R&D projects and developing cutting edge
 technologies for search in Chinese.
     Prior to joining Baidu, Mr. Liu was an associate professor in the
 department of computer science and technology at Peking University where he
 supervised numerous research projects funded by the Chinese National Science
 Foundation and the National Planning Committee.  During his tenure, Mr. Liu
 and his team developed various technology products including the first Chinese
 language search engine.
     Mr. Liu holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from
 Xi'an JiaoTong University and a master's degree in computer science from
 Peking University.  He was a visiting scholar in the department of computer
 science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1997 to 1998.
     About Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.
 As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best way for
 people to find information.  In addition to serving individual Internet search
 users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential
 customers.  Baidu's ADSs, each of which represents one Class A ordinary share,
 trade on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol ''BIDU''.
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