BEIJING (AFP) — China's main Internet search engine Baidu.com said its chief financial officer Shawn Wang, who helped it list on the Nasdaq stock market, has died while on holiday in China.
Wang, a key figure in Baidu's successful 2005 listing on the Nasdaq, died on December 27, the company said in an announcement seen on its website Sunday.
No other details of his death were given, and calls to the company Sunday went unanswered.
"Shawn's leadership and vision helped transform Baidu into a leading US public company, and his presence will be greatly missed," Baidu chairman and chief executive officer Robin Li said in the company statement.
Baidu is often referred to as China's version of Google because of the Chinese-language search engine's soaring popularity and profits. It made a net profit of 24.2 million US dollars in the third quarter of 2007.
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