Shawn Wang, chief financial officer of top Chinese Internet search firm Baidu.com , died in an accident on Dec. 27, the company said.
The accident happened in China while Wang was on vacation over the Christmas holiday, Baidu said in a statement. It did not elaborate, and the company was not immediately available for comment.
"We are all completely shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic news," Baidu Chairman and Chief Executive Robin Li said in the statement.
Wang joined Beijing-based Baidu in 2004 and helped it list on the Nasdaq stock exchange the following year.