Briefing: Baidu appoints tech investor to board, AI expert Lu Qi steps down

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百度委任符绩勋出任公司董事 陆奇将离任 – Tencent Tech

What happened: Baidu announced changes to its board composition late Tuesday, appointing Jixun Foo as a director following the departure of former COO Lu Qi. Foo has served as managing partner at GGV Capital since 2006 and currently serves on the boards of a number of private companies, including XPeng Motors, Hello, Boss Zhipin, Zuiyou, and Tujia. Separately, the company disclosed that the average daily active users for Baidu App, or the number of unique mobile devices that have accessed Baidu App at least once a day, reached 188 million in June 2019, up from 148 million in the same period of last year.

Why it’s important: Baidu’s appointment of Foo, an investor with experience in travel, transportation, social media, e-commerce, and enterprise services sectors, marks the final departure of AI expert Lu from the Chinese search engine. Lu resigned as chief operating officer of the company in May last year and had been serving as a board director since then. In August 2018, Y Combinator announced Lu had joined its ranks as the founding chief executive officer of YC China and the head of YC Research. Over the past two years, Baidu has lost key AI executives such as Andrew Ng, Zhang Tong, and Adam Coates.