Ya-Qin Zhang


Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang has been the President of Baidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU) since 2014, a leading Internet company in search, mobile Internet, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. Baidu provides internet services to over 2 Billion people around the world, employs over 40,000 people in 15 countries. Ya-Qin will retire from Baidu in October, 2019, after five years as its president.

Prior to joining Baidu in 2014, Zhang served as Microsoft's Corporate Vice President in Redmond, USA and Beijing, China. Over his 16 year tenure at Microsoft, he has taken various key positions, including the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Chairman of Microsoft China, Corporate Vice President of Mobile and Embedded Products, and Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Chairman. He built one of the world premier R&D centers with over 3000 scientists and engineers, in multimedia, computer vision, AI/machine learnings, speech recognition and machine translations. He was the Director of Multimedia laboratory of Sarnoff Corp in Princeton, NJ (now SRI) from 1995-1998, and a Senior member of technical staff for the GTE Labs (now Verizon) in Waltham, MA (from 1990-1994).

Zhang was recently inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019, one of the highest distinctions in the fields of arts and natural/social sciences. He was inducted to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) as the only foreign Fellow in 2017, and became an IEEE Fellow in 1997 at age 31 as the youngest Fellow in the history of the organization. He is one of the top scientists and technologists in digital video, multimedia and networking, with 558 papers in leading international conferences and journals, 62 granted US patents, and 12 books. His research and invention in video coding, motion estimation, rate control, and media streaming has been widely used in commercial HDTV products, internet video services, and MPEG/H.26X international standards. He has received many prestigious academic, technological, and industrial awards, including the IEEE centennial medal, IEEE industry pioneer award, IEEE Richard Merwin Medal, over a dozen best paper awards of various IEEE transactions and journals.

Zhang runs one of the largest technology companies in the world. He was named one of the top 10 CEOs in Asia, 50 global shapers, Executive of the year, IT innovator leader award by IT Times, Business Week, CNBC, Global business and Vision magazine. He served on the Board of Directors of five public companies. He is on the industry board of United Nation Development Program (UNDP), and received UN’s special award for sustainable development in 2016. He is the Chairman of world’s largest open autonomous driving platform “Apollo” alliance with over 130 global partners. He has been a leading champion of innovation and globalization, and a frequent feature speaker in global forums including APEC, Davos World Economic Forum, United Nations, and Bo’Ao Asia Forum.

Ya-Qin received his B.S. and M.S in Electrical Engineering from Univ. of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1983 and 1986, and Doctor of Science from George Washington University in 1990.