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SOURCE Baidu, Inc.
BEIJING, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) ("Baidu" or the "Company"), today announced the appointment of Mr. Liu Dejian as a director of the Company, effective October 7, 2013.
''We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Liu to Baidu's Board of Directors," said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu. "His innovative leadership style and pedigree as an Internet entrepreneur will be of great value to Baidu. We are confident that he will make a significant contribution to our efforts to consolidate our leading position in China.''
Mr. Liu Dejian is the founder, chairman and executive director of NetDragon Websoft Inc. (HKEx:777) ("NetDragon"), a leading developer and operator of online games and mobile Internet platforms in China. Since founding NetDragon in 1999, he has led it to become a leading player in China's online gaming and mobile Internet industries. Mr. Liu is responsible for NetDragon's overall strategic development and is the chief designer in its game development team. Mr. Liu has been instrumental in driving NetDragon's managerial policies, which have been key to it becoming a competitive player in the online gaming industry. He is recognized as one of the most influential figures in China's online game sector.
Mr. Liu also served as chairman and non-executive director of 91 Wireless Websoft Limited ("91 Wireless"), one of China's largest mobile app marketplaces and mobile game operators and a former subsidiary of NetDragon. 91 Wireless was acquired by Baidu in August 2013.
Mr. Liu graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1995. He was vice president of Beso Biological Research Center, Inc. ("Beso") from 1995 to 2005. He was also vice president of Fuzhou Yangzhenhua 851 Bio-Engineering Research Inc. ("Fuzhou 851") from 1995 to 2000 before being promoted to president of that organization in 2001.
Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find whatever they're looking for. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU." Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.
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