Y Combinator has announced that former Chief Operating Officer of Baidu Lu Qi will be joining their ranks as the Founding CEO of YC China and the Head of YC Research.

The US-based seed accelerator said Lu will be in charge of the company’s business development in China and lead its scientific research. China is the first step toward the accelerator’s global expansion and the choice of Lu Qi shows the market’s importance. The announcement was made at a YC press event on August 15.

AI expert Lu Qi, previously employed by Microsoft, was a big loss for Chinese tech giant Baidu when he stepped down in May citing personal and family reasons. Lu was hired at Baidu as the company was to take over daily operations from CEO Robin Li in early 2017.

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Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.