Baidu CEO Robin Li announced a new round of leadership changes on Thursday. Shen Dou, an executive vice president, will take charge of Baidu’s AI Cloud Group. This sector of the company was previously led by Haifeng Wang, in addition to his duties as chief technology officer. Shen’s appointment as leader of Baidu’s AI and cloud business is a sign that the company sees the sector as an important vertical. Shen served as a researcher and research project manager at Microsoft before joining Baidu in 2012. Since 2019, he has been executive vice president of Baidu’s Mobile Ecosystem Group, which provides services to Baidu App and Baijiahao.