Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Junjie He has served as our director since March 2021 and chairman of our board of directors since November 2022. Mr. He joined Baidu in June 2019. Currently serving as a senior vice president of Baidu, Mr. He was appointed as the leader, and be in full charge, of the Mobile Ecosystem Group (MEG) in May 2022. Prior to his current position, Mr. He oversaw Baidu’s M&A (Mergers & Acquisition), SIM (Strategic Investment Management), SOM (Sales Operation and Management), and FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis) departments. Prior to joining Baidu, he had rich working experience with investment firms including China International Capital Corporation (CICC), CITIC Private Equity, Warburg Pincus and Tibet Langrun Capital. Mr. He currently also serves on the board of directors of Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM; SEHK: 9961). Mr. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University in 2007.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Yu Gong is the founder, chief executive officer and director of our company, and oversees our overall strategy and business operations. Prior to founding iQIYI, Dr. Gong was the president and chief operating officer of umessage.com, a top mobile internet services solution provider in China. Prior to that, Dr. Gong served in the roles of vice president, senior vice president, and chief operating officer at Sohu.com, a Nasdaq-listed company (Nasdaq: SOHU), from 2003 to 2008. From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Gong was the founder and chief executive officer of focus.cn, the then largest real estate search website in China, which was sold to Sohu.com. Dr. Gong received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in automation control from Tsinghua University.
Dr. Dou Shen has served as our director since September 2019. Dr. Shen currently serves as executive vice president of Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU; SEHK: 9888). Dr. Shen has served in various other roles since joining Baidu in 2012, including in search, display advertising and financial services group. Prior to Baidu, Dr. Shen served as a researcher at Microsoft’s AdCenter Labs. He was also founder of Buzzlabs, a social media analytics company that was later acquired by IAC-owned CityGrid Media. Dr. Shen is currently the vice chair of KDDC (China chapter of ACM in data-mining). Dr. Shen currently serves on the board of directors of Kuaishou Technology (SEHK: 1024). He was previously a director of Uxin Limited (Nasdaq: UXIN) from May 2018 to November 2019 and a director of Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM) from October 2019 to June 2022 . Dr. Shen holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from North China Electric Power University, a master’s degree in engineering from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Fei Qi has served as our director since December 2022. Mr. Fei Qi joined Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU; SEHK: 9888) in March 2021, and currently serves as vice president of Baidu, chief of staff to CEO, and head of corporate strategic department. Prior to joining Baidu, Mr. Qi served as managing director at China International Capital Corporation (CICC), where he had over 15 years of experience in the investment banking division with a focus in the TMT sector. Mr. Qi obtained his bachelor's degree in management information systems from Tsinghua University in 2003.
Shanshan Cui has served as our director since August 2023. Ms. Shanshan Cui has been serving as senior vice president in charge of human resources and administrative functions of Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU; SEHK: 9888) since May 2019. Ms. Cui joined Baidu in January 2000 overseeing the search technology group, and is a founding member of Baidu. Ms. Cui left Baidu in July 2010 to pursue personal interests and rejoined Baidu in December 2017, initially serving as executive assistant to the Organizational Culture Committee of Baidu. In this capacity, Ms. Cui oversaw employee culture and organization effectiveness, implementing initiatives, such as OKR (objectives & key results) management, throughout Baidu. Ms. Cui received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Beijing Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Weijian Shan has served as our director since December 2022. Mr. Shan is the executive chairman and co-founder of PAG – one of Asia’s leading investment management groups. Between 1998 and 2010, Mr. Shan was co-managing partner of the private equity firm Newbridge Capital (now known as TPG Asia) and a partner of TPG. Before Newbridge, Mr. Shan was a managing director at J.P. Morgan where he worked for five years. Mr. Shan was an assistant professor at the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania for six years. Mr. Shan also worked at the World Bank in 1987. Mr. Shan is a Trustee of the British Museum. Mr. Shan is also member of the International Advisory Council of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and an independent director of Alibaba Group. Mr. Shan is the author of three books: Out of the Gobi, Money Games and Money Machine. Mr. Shan holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco. Mr. Shan graduated with a major in English from the Beijing University of International Business and Economics.
Sam Hanhui Sun
Sam Hanhui Sun has served as our independent director since March 2018. Mr. Sun has been the Chairman of VSP Private Fund Management (Zhuhai) Co., Limited since 2021. From 2016 to 2020, Mr. Sun was a venture partner at Blue Lake Capital. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Sun served various positions at Qunar Cayman Islands Limited, a Nasdaq-listed company, including Qunar’s president in 2015 and its chief financial officer from 2010 to 2015. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Sun was the chief financial officer of KongZhong Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed company. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Sun served in several financial controller positions at Microsoft China R&D Group, Maersk China Co. Ltd., and SouFun.com. From 1995 to 2004, Mr. Sun worked in KPMG’s auditing practice group. Mr. Sun currently serves as a director on the boards of Zhihu Inc. (NYSE: ZH) and Yiren Digital Ltd. (NYSE: YRD). Mr. Sun served as an independent director of Fang Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN) from September 2010 to May 2019, Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) from March 2018 to July 2019 and CAR Inc. (formerly SEHK: 699) from August 2014 to July 2021, when CAR Inc. was privatized. Mr. Sun received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Beijing Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Public Accountant in China.
Conor Chia-hung Yang
Mr. Conor Chia-hung Yang has served as our independent Director since April 2022. Mr. Yang has been the chief financial officer of Ehang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) since September 2023. From 2007 to 2023, Mr. Yang served in several chief financial officer positions, including Tuniu Corporation (Nasdaq: TOUR), E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc., and AirMedia Group Inc. Mr. Yang was the chief executive officer of Rock Mobile Corporation from 2004 to 2007, and the chief financial officer of the Asia Pacific region for CellStar Asia Corporation from 1999 to 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Yang was a senior banker at Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., Lehman Brothers Asia Limited and Morgan Stanley Asia Limited from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Yang currently also serves as an independent director of I-Mab (Nasdaq: IMAB), Tongcheng Travel Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0780), UP Fintech Holding Ltd (Nasdaq: TIGR) and Smart Share Global Limited (Nasdaq: EM). Mr. Yang received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).