Chinese software company Kingsoft has signed up a senior Microsoft executive in Asia as its new CEO. Before joining Hong Kong-listed Kingsoft, Zhang Hong Jiang, 50, was the chief technology officer for the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group and the managing director of the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center, leading the company’s research agenda in China.

Zhang holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark, and a B.S. degree from Zhengzhou University, both in electrical engineering. Prior to joining Microsoft, Zhang was a research manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto. He also worked at the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore. Currently, he is also a professor and Ph.D supervisor at University of Science and Technology of China and a guest professor at Tsinghua University.

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