Wu Zhixiang (吳志祥), was appointed as the Co-Chairman of our Board in March 2018 and our executive Director in June 2018. Mr. Wu’s main responsibility is to provide overall strategic planning and business direction to our Group. Mr. Wu has more than 17 years of experience in e-commerce and OTA business. Among others, Mr. Wu established Tongcheng Network in March 2004. He has served as the chairman of Tongcheng Network since April 2008. As its cofounder, Mr. Wu was responsible for the strategic planning of Tongcheng Network and has continuously provided leadership and inspiration for the Company’s OTA business.
Mr. Wu received a bachelor’s degree in history from Soochow University (蘇州大學) in the PRC in June 1998.
Mr. Wu currently holds the following positions in the subsidiaries of our Group: the chairman of Tongcheng Network, and the executive director of Suzhou Chengyi.
Ma Heping (馬和平), was appointed as our executive Director in June 2018. Mr. Ma has served as our Chief Executive Officer since April 2018, responsible for the implementation of our business strategies and the day-to-day business operation. From March to April 2018, together with Mr. Jiang Hao, Mr. Ma served as our Co-CEO. Mr. Ma has over 13 years of marketing experience for an internet company. From January 2006 to March 2018, Mr. Ma has served as the chief marketing officer of Tongcheng Network, responsible for the internet-based online and offline travel business, as well as the promotion and development of the air ticket, hotel and other transportation business of Tongcheng Network, before Tongcheng Spin-off.
Mr. Ma obtained a diploma in computer application and maintenance from Soochow University (蘇州大學) in the PRC in June 1998, and received an EMBA degree from Fudan University (復旦大學) in the PRC in June 2020.
Mr. Ma currently holds the following positions in the subsidiaries of our Group: the director and general manager of Tongcheng Network, the executive director and general manager of Longyue Tiancheng WFOE, and the chairman and general manager of E-dragon Beijing WFOE.
Liang Jianzhang (梁建章), was appointed as our Co-Chairman of the Board in March 2018 and non-executive Director in June 2018. Mr. Liang has served as one of our Directors since 2016. Mr. Liang is one of the cofounders and the executive chairman of Trip.com Group, a company whose shares are listed on NASDAQ (stock symbol: TCOM) and the Main Board of the Stock Exchange (stock code: 9961). He has served as the chairman of the board of directors of Trip.com Group since August 2003. Mr. Liang served as the chief executive officer of Trip.com Group from 2000 to 2006, and from March 2013 to November 2016.
Save as disclosed above, Mr. Liang has served as a director of BTG Hotels Group (首旅酒店), a company whose shares are listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange (stock code: 600258) since January 2017, and a director of MakeMyTrip Ltd., a company whose shares are listed on NASDAQ (stock symbol: MMYT) since January 2016.
Mr. Liang formerly served on the boards of Sina Corp. (新浪公司), a company whose shares are listed on NASDAQ (stock symbol: SINA), Tuniu Corp (途牛旅遊網), a company whose shares are listed on NASDAQ (stock symbol: TOUR),eHi Car Services Ltd. (上海一嗨租車服務有限公司), a company whose shares were formerly listed on New York Stock Exchange (stock symbol: EHIC) and privatized in April 2019, 51job, Inc (前程無憂股份有限公司), a company whose shares are listed on NASDAQ (stock symbol: JOBS), jiayuan.com International Ltd. (世紀佳緣國際有限公司), a company whose shares were formerly listed on NASDAQ (stock symbol: DATE) and privatized in May 2016, and Homeinns Hotel Group (如家酒店集團), a company whose shares were formerly listed on NASDAQ (stock symbol: HMIN) and privatized in April 2016.
Mr. Liang has won many accolades for his contributions to the Chinese travel industry, including 2020 Literature and Tourism Leader by Global Times,2019 Forbes China Multinational Business Leader, Best CEO in the Internet category in the 2016 All-Asia Executive Team Rankings by Institutional Investor and 2015 China’s Business Leader of the Year by Forbes. Mr. Liang is one of China’s leading population economists and a research professor of economics at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.
Mr. Liang holds a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree and an undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jiang Hao (江浩), served as the Company’s Deputy Chairman of the Board from April 2018 to March 2019, the Company’s President from April 2018 to March 2019, an executive Director from June 2018 to March 2019, and has been re-designated as a non-executive Director in March 2019. From March to April 2018, together with Mr. Ma Heping, Mr. Jiang served as the Company’s Co-Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Jiang has over 17 years of experience in leading Internet companies. From 1999 to 2015, Mr. Jiang served as a senior vice president in Trip.com Group.
Mr. Jiang received a bachelor’s degree of engineering in ship engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (上海交通大學) in the PRC in 1993.
Mr. Cheng Yun Ming Matthew (鄭潤明), has been appointed as our non-executive Director in April 2020. Mr. Cheng joined Tencent since November 2010, and currently serves as the corporate vice president of Tencent. Mr. Cheng has served as a director and the chairman of the compensation committee in Huya Inc. (虎牙直播) (a company whose shares are listed on NASDAQ (stock symbol: HUYA)) since February 2021, a non-executive director of Fusion Bank Limited (富融銀行有限公司) since March 2019, a non-executive director and a member of the audit committee of China Literature Limited (閱文集團) (a company whose shares are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange (stock code:772)) since November 2019 and a non-executive director of Yixin Group (易鑫集團) whose shares are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange (stock code: 2858) since May 2021. Prior to joining the Tencent Group, Mr. Cheng worked at PriceWaterhouse, an accounting firm currently known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, from 1992 to 1997, China Everbright Technology Limited (中國光大科技有限公司) (currently known as Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited (冠城鐘錶珠寶集團有限公司)) (a company whose shares are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange (stock code: 256)), a company principally engaged in manufacturing of computer peripherals, from 1997 to 2000 and various companies assuming financial management functions. Mr. Cheng is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Mr. Cheng has obtained a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the Hong Kong Polytechnic (香港理工學院) (now the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (香港理工大學)) in October 1992.
Brent Richard Irvin, has been appointed as our non-executive Director in June 2018. Mr. Irvin joined our Group and has been appointed as one of our Directors since March 2018. Mr. Irvin joined Tencent in January 2010, and is currently serving as the vice president and general counsel of Tencent, the president of Tencent American branch. Prior to that, Mr. Irvin worked as a lawyer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from August 2005 to November 2009, with a focus on technology companies.
Mr. Irvin has been a director of Tencent Music Entertainment Group（騰訊音樂娛樂集團）, a company whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (stock symbol: TME), since July 2016.
Mr. Irvin obtained a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College in the United States in June 1994, a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Yale University in the United States in December 1995, and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Stanford University in the United States in June 2003.
[Independent Non-executive Directors]
Yang Chia Hung, is the chief financial officer of TalkingData Group Holding Limited since December 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Yang was a co-founder of Black Fish Group Limited, and served as its president from November 2017 to February 2021.
Mr. Yang was the chief financial officer of Tuniu Corporation (Nasdaq: TOUR) from January 2013 to November 2017, the chief financial officer of E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc., a previously NYSE-listed company, from March 2010 to July 2012, and the chief financial officer of AirMedia Group Inc., a Nasdaqlisted company, from March 2007 to March 2010.
Mr. Yang was the chief executive officer of Rock Mobile Corporation from 2004 to 2007. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Yang served as the chief financial officer of the Asia Pacific region for CellStar Asia Corporation. Mr. Yang was an executive director of Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Yang was a vice president of Lehman Brothers Asia Limited from 1994 to 1996 and an associate at Morgan Stanley Asia Limited from 1992 to 1994.
Mr. Yang currently serves as an independent director and chairman of audit committee of Ehang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) and I-Mab (Nasdaq: IMAB). Mr. Yang is also an independent director and member of audit committee of iQIYI, Inc. (Nasdaq: IQ).
Mr. Yang received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992.
Dai Xiaojing （戴小京）, has been appointed as our independent non-executive Director since November 2018. Mr. Dai has profound knowledge and experience in the research and studies of securities market and finance. From December 1998 to April 2016, Mr. Dai served as an executive director in SEEC Media Group Limited （財訊傳媒集團有限公司）, a company whose shares are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange (stock code: 0205). Mr. Dai was engaged in economic policy research at the Economic Development Research Institute of State Council of the PRC, and he is an editorial committee member of CapitalWeek and CAIJING Magazine.
Mr. Dai received his bachelor’s degree in science and master’s degree in law from Sun Yat-sen University （中山大學） in the PRC, in 1981 and 1984, respectively.
Han Yuling （韓玉靈）, has been appointed as our independent non-executive Director since November 2018. Ms. Han currently holds professorial fellowship and is the executive dean of the China Tourism Talent Development Research Institute （中國旅遊人才發展研究院） at Beijing International Studies University （北京第二外國語學院）. Ms. Han also serves as a secretary general of the China National Tourism Vocational Education Permanent Committee （全國旅遊職業教育教學指導委員會）. She has consecutively served as a lecturer, associate professor and professor at Beijing International Studies University since May 1986, and served as a teaching assistant and lecturer at Central China Normal University （華中師範大學） from October 1979 until April 1986.
Ms. Han obtained her bachelor’s degree in politics from Central China Normal University（華中師範大學）in the PRC in July 1979.