Zhang Ya-qin
In September 2014, Zhang was appointed president of Baidu. Prior to joining Baidu, Zhang served as Microsoft's corporate vice president and chairman of Microsoft's Asia R&D Group, leading overall research and development efforts in Asia-Pacific, the largest Microsoft R&D establishment outside of the United States with over 3,000 scientists and engineers. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as one of the key founders of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA). Zhang founded Microsoft's Asia-Pacific R&D Group in 2006, integrating disciplines across fundamental research, technology incubation, product development and strategic partnership. Zhang has held various key positions over his 15 year tenure at Microsoft, including managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, chairman of Microsoft China, corporate vice president of Mobile and Embedded Products, and more recently chairman of Microsoft Asia R&D.

Zhang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1983 and 1985. Zhang received a Doctor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University in 1989 at the age of 23. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and an adjunct professor for some 20 top universities around the world. Zhang holds over 60 US patents and has authored over 500 papers and 11 books on video coding, mobile communications, and networking.