Baidu announced that Dr. Zhang Yaqin was the first executive to apply for a retirement plan. He will retire from Baidu in October this year.
Robin Li announced the above message to all the internal mail, and thanked Zhang Yaqin for his important contribution to Baidu in the past 5 years, and wished him a better life in the future. Yaqin is always a member of Baidu family!
I really appreciate and thank Robin and Baidu for their opportunities. Zhang Yaqin said, Now Baidu has strong technical strength, complete talent echelon, and new business, from team to business in the best momentum. After retiring from Baidu in October, although I cant get along with you all day and night, I am still a member of Baidu family, accompanying Baidu to grow up together.
The following is the full text of Robin Lis internal letter.
Hello, Baidu classmates!
Last month, we announced the first cadre rotation plan for 2019. Today, I want to announce another important news about talent echelon construction: in 2019, the company will accelerate the process of cadre rejuvenation, and select more young colleagues after 8090 to enter the management.
At the same time, the company formally launched the executive retirement plan this year. For senior managers who devote their efforts to the company and accompany the growth of the company, if they choose a new life because of their personal wishes or family needs, we will all be included in the senior management retirement plan to give care and care. At the same time, I announced that Dr. Zhang Yaqin is the first senior executive to apply for retirement plan. He will retire from Baidu Company in October this year.
Yaqin joined Baidu in September 2014 as president, responsible for emerging business. Yaqin has promoted the incubation and exploration of international market development, finance and education. Over the past two years, he has led his team to achieve important results in the integration and commercialization of Intelligent Cloud and AItoB services, the construction of Apollo Ecology and industrial cooperation, the consolidation and construction of basic technology systems, the layout of chip and quantum computing and other forward-looking technologies, which have enhanced Baidus industrial influence. At the same time, Yaqin has made important contributions in attracting and training talents, leaving a rich talent reserve for the company.
In the past few years, Yaqin and his family were not in the same city and spent little time with him. After years of hard work, Yaqin hoped to spend more time with his family. Here we understand and agree with Yaqins choice, thank him for his hard work and dedication in the past, and wish him a better life, good health and happiness for his family in the future. Yaqin is always a member of Baidu family! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the hard-working and contributing Baidu students and every colleague who has worked in Baidu.
Talents are the most precious wealth of an enterprise. The company will continue to create good mechanisms for young people, aspirants, executives and employees who accompany the growth of the company, so that everyone can devote themselves to it without worries. I also hope that young students will continue to innovate and grow, seize the historical opportunity of the younger company cadres, and actively make progress, so as to contribute an important force to the great mission of Baidu to make the complex world simpler with science and technology.
In 1978, Zhang Yaqin, a 12-year-old student enrolled in the junior class of China University of Science and Technology, became the youngest university student in China. Zhang Yaqin once told the Seattle Times that his life ambition was to become a scientist, and Newton was his idol. At that time, the hottest subject was physics, and the biggest celebrity was a mathematician. Zhang Yaqin followed his father and chose to study electronic engineering. Seven years later, he graduated with a masters degree in electronic engineering from the University of Science and Technology and went to the United States further by himself.
In 1989, Zhang Yaqin, 23, received his Ph.D. from George Washington University in the United States, and later studied at Harvard School of Business Administration.
In 1997, Zhang Yaqin, only 31 years old, was awarded the title of IEEE Fellow as the youngest scientist in the 100-year history of the Association.
In January 1999, he returned to Microsoft China Research Institute and became the chief scientist of Microsoft China Research Institute.
In August 2000, he became president and chief scientist of Microsoft China Research Institute.
In November 2001, Microsoft China Research Institute was upgraded to Microsoft Asia Research Institute with Zhang Yaqin as its first president. In 2004, Microsoft Asia Research Institute was named the worlds top computer science research institute by MITTechnology Review.
In January 2004, he was promoted to Microsofts global vice president, entered Microsofts decision-making level, and became the core member of Bill Gatesthink tank. In charge of Microsofts global mobile communications and embedded products business (one of Microsofts seven major departments).
In January 2006, Zhang Yaqin returned to China to establish Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group, devoting himself to building a world-class team of technology research, technology incubation, product development and industrial cooperation.
In 2007, he was chairman of Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd.
From 2006 to September 2014, he was Senior Vice President of Microsoft and Chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group. He was responsible for Microsofts research and product development in Asia-Pacific region.
In September 2014, he formally joined Baidu as president.
In November 2017, he was elected academician of the Australian National Academy of Engineering and the only foreign academician awarded in that year.
In May 2018, member of the World Economic Forum Davos Future Transport Steering Committee.
Source: Liable Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Yao Liwei_NT6056