Mr. Peng Zhao, aged 51, is an executive Director and our Founder, and has served as our chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer since our inception and guided our development and growth. Mr. Zhao has more than 17 years of experience in the internet industry and more than 23 years of experience in human resources services. He was an investor and took on a senior management role of Quickerbuy Inc., a service e-commerce platform, from 2011 to 2013. From May 2005 to July 2010, Mr. Zhao was at Zhaopin Ltd., a leading online recruitment platform, where he eventually became Chief Executive Officer. From July 1994 to May 2005, Mr. Zhao devoted his time to youth development research and volunteer projects in social organizations and took on various roles in those organizations including the China Youth Volunteers Association. Mr. Zhao received his bachelor’s degree in law from Peking University in 1994.
Mr. Yu Zhang, aged 45, has served as our Chief Financial Officer since September 2019. He has served as our Director since May 2021 and was re-designated as an executive Director since December 2022. He is in charge of the accounting, legal and internal control functions and the capital markets activities of our Group. Mr. Zhang has over 15 years of research and investment experience in the technology, media and telecom industry. Prior to joining us, Mr. Zhang worked at UBS from April 2010 to August 2019, with his last position being the managing director of asset management division. Mr. Zhang worked at BDA from January 2005 to April 2010, with his last position being a director of the company, and an engineer at Ericsson from April 2001 to January 2005. Mr. Zhang graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2000.
Mr. Xu Chen, aged 46, has served as our Chief Marketing Officer since February 2018. He has served as our Director since May 2021 and was re-designated as an executive Director since December 2022. He is in charge of the marketing, platform operation and public relations functions of our Group. Mr. Chen has over 20 years of experience in marketing in the Greater China region. Prior to joining us, Mr. Chen was the vice president at Jiuxianwang, a China-based e-commerce company, from November 2015 to November 2016. Mr. Chen received his bachelor’s degree from Beijing Wuzi University.
Mr. Tao Zhang, aged 40, has served as our Chief Technology Officer since our inception. He has served as our Director since May 2021 and was re-designated as an executive Director since December 2022. He is in charge of the research and development and information technology infrastructure of our Group. Mr. Zhang has over 14 years of experience in the software engineering and internet industry. Prior to joining us, Mr. Zhang served in various companies, including group companies of IBM, Renren Inc., a China-based social media platform, and Baidu Inc., one of the leading Chinese language Internet search service providers. Mr. Zhang received his bachelor’s degree from Beijing Information Engineering College (which was merged with Beijing Institute of Machinery and renamed Beijing Information Science and Technology University in 2008) and master’s degree from Beihang University.
Ms. Xiehua Wang, aged 34, is currently our Vice President of Product. She has served as our Director since April 2022 and was re-designated as an executive Director since December 2022. Ms. Wang has over 10 years of experience in product management in internet companies. Prior to joining us, Ms. Wang was a senior product manager of Lianjia (currently known as KE Holdings Inc.), a leading housing transactions and services platform in China. Ms. Wang worked at a group company of Baidu Inc. from June 2013 to April 2016, with her last position being the senior product designer, and worked at a group company of Renren Inc. from July 2012 to May 2013. Ms. Wang received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Communication University of China.
Mr. Haiyang Yu has served as our director since July 2019, and was appointed to our board of directors by one of our principal shareholders, Image Frame Investment (HK) Limited, pursuant to director appointment right under our eleventh amended and restated shareholders agreement. Mr. Yu is currently a managing director at Tencent and a director of DouYu International Holdings Ltd (Nasdaq: DOYU). Mr. Yu served as an associate at China Growth Capital from April 2007 to February 2010, and an associate at WI Harper Group from March 2010 to August 2011. Mr. Yu received his bachelor of science degree majoring in civil engineering from Tsinghua University in 2005.
Mr. Charles Zhaoxuan Yang, aged 39, has served as an independent Director since June 2021 and was re-designated as an independent non-executive Director since December 2022. Mr. Yang is the chief financial officer of NetEase, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) and an independent director of So-Young International Inc., a company listed on the Nasdaq Global Market (Nasdaq: SY). Prior to joining NetEase, Inc. in 2017, Mr. Yang was an executive director at global investment banking department of J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited based in Hong Kong and worked there for almost a decade. Mr. Yang holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hong Kong and a bachelor’s degree of arts from Wesleyan University. Mr. Yang is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Michigan and Hong Kong.
Mr. Yonggang Sun, aged 52, has served as an independent Director since June 2021 and was re-designated as an independent non-executive Director since December 2022. Mr. Sun currently serves as a partner of Z-Park Fund. Prior to joining Z-Park Fund, Mr. Sun served as the vice president of Capital Steel Group Co., Ltd. and the general counsel of China Tietong Group Co., Ltd.. Mr. Sun received his bachelor’s degree in law from Renmin University in 1993 and his LL.M. degree from Temple University in 2003.
Mr. Yusheng Wang, aged 79, has served as an independent Director since October 2022 and was re-designated as an independent non-executive Director since December 2022. Mr. Wang is currently a member of China National Education Advisory Committee and the deputy director of Chinese Alliance of Science Popularization. Mr. Wang served as the director of China Science and Technology Museum from 2000 to 2006, and a deputy director, researcher (professor) and doctoral supervisor of the Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1993 to 2000. Mr. Wang received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Sichuan Normal University in 1966, a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1981, and a PhD degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1987.