Qi Lu (computer scientist)
Qi Lu in 2009
September 3, 1961|
Carnegie Mellon University
|Occupation||Group president and chief operating officer, Baidu|
Qi Lu (simplified Chinese: 陆奇; traditional Chinese: 陸奇; pinyin: Lù Qí; born September 3, 1961) is a Chinese software executive and engineer. He was the chief operating officer of Baidu until he stepped down on May 2018. Lu previously was the Executive Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company's work on the Bing search engine, Skype, and Microsoft Office, and before that was a technology developer and manager for Yahoo!'s search technology division.
Lu was born in Shanghai, China, and was sent to live with his grandparents in a remote village in Jiangsu Province by his parents during the Cultural Revolution. He studied at Fudan University in Shanghai. After attending a talk by Carnegie Mellon University professor Edmund M. Clarke, Lu was invited to apply for a PhD at Carnegie Mellon University. Clarke even offered to waive the $45 application fee that Lu says he could never have come up with. In 1996, he graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lu worked in one of IBM's research labs from 1996–98, then joined Yahoo! and eventually rose to manage 3,000 engineers and the development of search and search advertising technologies for the company. His departure from Yahoo! in mid-2008 was long-planned, and he was contemplating opportunities in venture capital and even thinking of returning to China. However, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer personally recruited him to join the software giant. After joining Microsoft, Lu was instrumental in driving the partnership with Yahoo! in search and the launch of Bing.
In January 2017, Lu joined Baidu as Group President and Chief Operating Officer, in charge of products, technology, sales, marketing and operations. On May 18, 2018, Lu stepped down as Chief Operating Officer. 
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