Chief Operating Officer Ye Peng announced the
dismissal of three mid-level managers in charge of
sales and operation during his visit to the company's
Guangzhou subsidiary on March 27, reports 163.com.
Peng did not announce a reason for the dismissals,
which were effective immediately and included
subsidiary Director Xie Fangmin, said the report.
Xie served as Baidu sales manager, senior manager
and sales director after leaving a position as sales chief
for online travel services provider eLong, said the
report. Except for a few executives, most Baidu employees
had not heard of Ye's Guangzhou visit, the report said.