This excerpt taken from the SOHU 8-K filed Dec 16, 2008.
SOHU.COM ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Beijing, CHINA, December 15, 2008 SOHU.COM Inc. (Nasdaq: SOHU) (the Company), Chinas leading online media, communications, search, online games and mobile value-added services company, today announced that Dr. Yu Gong, the Companys Chief Operating Officer, will resign from the Company effective January 10, 2009, to pursue entrepreneurial business opportunities.
Dr. Gong joined Sohu in 2003 when Focus.cn, a leading real estate website of which Dr. Gong was President and CEO, was acquired by Sohu. Since joining Sohu, Dr. Gong has been in several positions including Vice-President, Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Over the past five years, Dr. Gong has made great contributions to the development of Focus.cn and the Companys wireless business, Internet content, and the reporting of Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Dr. Gong has played an important role in our success during the past five years, especially in the operation of Focus.cn. We understand his decision to move on and seek new challenges. He has been very diligent, dedicated, and accountable. We believe he will continue his success in future endeavors, said Dr. Charles Zhang, Sohu.coms Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.