Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer
Yuan Zhou is our founder and has served as the chairman of our board of directors and chief executive officer since our inception. Mr. Zhou is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in internet and media. He has a deep passion and outstanding acumen and vision for China’s internet content industry. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Zhou founded Beijing Nuobote Informational Technology Co., Ltd., a start-up company that focused on the development of big data analytics for e-commerce businesses, in 2008 and led the business from 2008 to 2010. Before that, Mr. Zhou worked as a journalist for the IT Management World magazine from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Zhou received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology from Chengdu University of Technology in China in 2003 and a master’s degree in software engineering from Southeast University in China in 2006.
Director and Chief Technology Officer
Dahai Li has served as the Chief Technology Officer since May 2018 and was appointed as a director in March 2021. Mr. Li served as our senior vice president from December 2015 to April 2018. Prior to joining us, Mr. Li served as the head of search technology at Wandoujia, a leading app store in China, from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Li served as the engineering director at YunYun, a search engine company in China, from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Li served as an engineer at Google China, focusing on search engine. Mr. Li received a bachelor’s degree in information and computing science from Beijing University of Chemical Technology in China in 2003 and a master’s degree in mathematics from Peking University in 2006.
Director and Chief Financial Officer
Wei Sun has served as our chief financial officer since November 2018 and was appointed as a director in March 2021. Before joining us, Mr. Sun acted as a founding managing partner of Bochuang Capital in 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Sun served as the chief financial officer of Mia.com, an online retail platform for maternal and baby products, from 2014 to 2018. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Sun served as a director at Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong Limited. Mr. Sun worked for the set-up of a private equity fund from 2012 to 2013. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Sun worked as a senior vice president of ICBC International Capital Limited. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Sun worked as a senior associate at Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong Branch. Mr. Sun worked with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Sun received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China in 2001, a master’s degree in finance from London Business School in 2005, and an Executive MBA degree from China Europe International Business School in 2019.
Zhaohui Li has served as our director since September 2015. Mr. Li works as the vice president and head of mergers and acquisitions department at Tencent Holdings Ltd., and as the managing partner of Tencent Investment. Before joining Tencent in 2011, Mr. Li served as an investment principal at Bertelsmann Asia Investment. Prior to that, Mr. Li held various positions related to product and business in Google and Nokia. Mr. Li received a bachelor’s degree from Peking University in 1998 and an MBA degree from Duke University Fuqua School of Business in 2004.
Jiatong Peng has served as our director since November 2020. Since April 2020, Mr. Peng has served as a vice president and head of investment and development at Kuaishou Technology (HKEX: 1024), a content community and social platform. From June 2018 to April 2020, Mr. Peng served as vice president at 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA). Prior to that, Mr. Peng served as a director and a senior vice president at Beijing Jingxi Culture & Tourism Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen Stock Exchange: 000802), a film and television entertainment media company, from July 2015 to June 2018. From May 2011 to July 2015, Mr. Peng served as a vice president at SAIF Partners, a private equity firm. From May 2007 to May 2011, Mr. Peng worked as an associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Peng received a bachelor’s degree of science in quantitative finance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. Mr. Peng is a CFA Charterholder.
Hanhui Sam Sun was appointed as an Independent Director in March 2021. Mr. Sun has served as the chairman of VSP Zhuhai Asset Management Company since January 2021. From January 2010 to September 2015, Mr. Sun assumed various positions at Qunar Cayman Islands Limited, a mobile and online travel platform then listed on Nasdaq, including serving as Qunar’s president from May 2015 to September 2015 and its chief financial officer from January 2010 to April 2015. Prior to joining Qunar, Mr. Sun was the chief financial officer of KongZhong Corporation, an online game developer and operator then listed on Nasdaq-listed company, from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Sun was also an independent director and audit committee member of KongZhong Corporation from July 2005 through January 2007. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Sun served in several financial controller positions at Microsoft China R&D Group, Maersk China Co. Ltd. and SouFun.com. From 1995 to 2004, Mr. Sun worked in KPMG’s auditing practice group, including eight years at the Beijing office of KPMG, where he was an audit senior manager, and two years at KPMG in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Sun currently serves as an independent director and audit committee chair of iQIYI Inc. (Nasdaq: IQ), Yiren Digital Ltd. (NYSE: YRD), and CAR Inc. (HKEX: 0699). Mr. Sun received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Beijing Institute of Technology in 1993. He is a Certified Public Accountant in China.
Hope Ni was appointed as an Independent Director in March 2021. Ms. Ni has served as a non-executive director of Cogobuy Group (HKEX: 0400) since June 2020, and prior to that, she served as an executive director from 2015 to 2020. Ms. Ni currently serves as an independent director of UCLOUDLINK GROUP INC. (Nasdaq: UCL) and ATA Creativity Global (Nasdaq: AACG). From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Ni was the chief financial officer and a director of Viewtran Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIEW). In 2008, Ms. Ni served as the vice chairman of Viewtran Group, Inc. Prior to that, Ms. Ni spent six years as a practicing attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and Hong Kong. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ni worked at Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division in New York. Ms. Ni received a J.D. degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and business management from Cornell University.