This excerpt taken from the BIDU 6-K filed Jun 27, 2007.
Baidu Appoints Mr. Nobuyuki Idei as an Independent Director
BEIJING, China, June 26, 2007 Baidu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced the appointment of Mr. Nobuyuki Idei as an independent director of Baidu, effective from June 14, 2007.
We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Idei to Baidus Board of Directors. His wealth of leadership experience coupled with his expertise in corporate governance will bring significant value to Baidu, said Robin Li, Baidus Chairman and CEO. We are confident that he will make a significant contribution towards Baidus efforts to extend our leadership in the Chinese language Internet search and to develop our search platform in Japan.
Nobuyuki Idei is Founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps Corporation, a specialized consulting firm that advises private and public institutions on the changing role of technology in the 21st century. An experienced director, Mr. Idei currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Sony Corporation, Director of Accenture, Director of Red Herring and Chairman of the National Conference on Fostering Beautiful Forests in Japan.
Mr. Idei was Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation from 2000 to 2005. Prior to this, he held a range of leadership positions at Sony including General Manager of the audio division, Senior General Manager of the home video group, and President and Representative Director. In addition, Mr. Idei has served in a number of advisory positions including as Counselor to the Bank of Japan, member of Japans national IT Strategy Council, and as Vice Chairman of Nippon Keidanren. Mr. Idei received a B.S. degree in Economics & Politics from Waseda University in Tokyo.
Separately, Mr. Asad Jamal recently resigned from Baidus Board of Directors. I would like to thank Mr. Jamal for his contributions to Baidu over the past three years, and we appreciate his valuable insight and dedication. said Mr. Li. Mr. Jamal had served as a director of Baidu for three years before his resignation in June 2007.