Zhang Yaqin, a Microsoft veteran who has been credited with driving Microsoft’s R&D efforts in China, is leaving the software company for personal reasons. [Update] Baidu announced that he would join Chinese search giant Baidu as president for new business. He would report directly to Robin Li, the co-founder and chairman of Baidu.

Zhang worked as cooperate vice president of Microsoft and chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group. He led more than 3,000 engineers and scientists engaged in basic research, technology innovations and incubation, product development and strategic partnerships, according to the report.

The now 57-year-old Zhang joined Microsoft as chief scientist at Microsoft Research Asia in 1999. After taking the post as chairman of Microsoft Research Asia during 2000 to 2004, he worked as vice president to oversee Microsoft’s mobile and embedded division, including Window Mobile and Windows CE platform. Since 2006, Zhang is responsible for driving Microsoft’s overall research and development efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.