BEIJING, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. ("Qihoo 360" or the "Company") (NYSE : QIHU ), the No. 3 internet company in China as measured by active user base, today announced that it has appointed Ms. Wenjiang Chen as an independent director of the Company. Ms. Chen replaces Mr. Gongquan Wang, who has resigned his position from the Company's Board. Mr. Wang was a co-founder of CDH Venture, a venture capital fund that invested in Qihoo 360 during its startup phase, and had been a member of the Company's Board since 2006.
Ms. Chen has been a partner at CDH Venture since January 2006. From February 2001 to December 2005, she served as an assistant vice president of Walden International Investment Group. From February 2000 to January 2001, Ms. Chen served as an investment manager of China International Capital Corporation Limited. Prior to that, Ms. Chen was an investment manager of China Light Industry Fund from August 1993 to April 1998. Ms. Chen obtained a bachelor's degree in international economics from Renmin University of China in July 1992, and obtained a master's degree in business administration from China Europe International Business School in December 1999.
Mr. Hongyi Zhou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qihoo 360, said, "We are pleased to have Wenjiang Chen join our Company as a member of the Board of Directors. Her extensive experience and knowledge of the Chinese financial market and investment landscape will prove invaluable as we push forward with our business expansion strategy. We would also like to thank Mr. Wang for his years of service and contribution to our company. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."
About Qihoo 360
Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. is the No. 3 Internet company in China as measured by user base. As of June 2011, the Company had 378 million monthly active Internet users, representing a user penetration rate of 92% in China, according to iResearch. The Company is also the No. 1 provider of Internet and mobile security solutions in China as measured by active user base, according to iResearch. Recognizing security as a fundamental need of Internet and mobile users, Qihoo 360 offers comprehensive high-quality Internet and mobile security solutions free of charge. In addition, Qihoo 360 also provides users with secure access points to the Internet via its industry leading Safe Browser and Application Desktop. Qihoo 360 monetizes its massive user base primarily through online advertising on its web assets and through Internet value-added services on its open platforms.
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