Baidu Chief Operating Officer (COO) Lu Qi has resigned, and will no longer fill his current position after July 2018.

The company announced that Lu would continue to serve as vice-chairman of its board of directors. Lu said that he would no longer be able to work full-time in Beijing due to personal and family reasons. He said he is planning to spend more time with his family in the US.

“For my next steps, I plan to work in research and investment areas, to help advance our shared mission to make a complex world simpler through technology,” he said in a statement.

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Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.