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Baidu names Luo Rong as new CFO

Chinese search giant Baidu appointed Luo Rong, former chief financial officer (CFO) of tutoring firm TAL Education Group, as its new CFO, reporting directly to chief executive officer Robin Li. Before joining TAL in 2014, Luo served as CFO of online travel platform eLong and financial executives at Lenovo and Microsoft. Baidu’s former CFO, Herman Yu, was appointed as the company’s chief strategy officer. [Baidu press release]

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Baidu opens robotaxi pilot to public in Guangzhou

Baidu opened its autonomous ride-hailing pilot program to the public in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou Saturday, operating a fleet of 30 sedans in an area of around 60 square miles in Huangpu district. The internet giant has been piloting restricted non-commercial robotaxi services in four domestic cities, with plans to expand the numbers to 30 cities and 3,000 vehicles over the next three years. [Baidu press release, in Chinese]

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Former Baidu senior vice president joins Transsion: report

Former Baidu senior vice president Xiang Hailong joins Chinese smartphone maker Transsion, the company confirmed with Sina Tech on Thursday. Xiang will lead Transsion’s mobile internet services and software product development. Xiang worked for Baidu from 2005 to 2019, leading Baidu’s core search business. Based in Shenzhen, Transsion leads smartphone sales in Africa, according to Counterpoint. [Sina Tech, in Chinese]