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.
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 2007 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.
Henry Dachuan Sha has served as our chief financial officer and been appointed as a director since December 2022. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sha served as the chief financial officer of Quwan Holding between 2020 and 2022. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Sha served as the chief financial officer of Huya Inc. (NYSE: HUYA). Before his corporate career, he served as a director of Greenwoods Asset Management from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Sha worked in China Media Capital from 2013 to 2014. He worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Sha received a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fudan University in July 2008 and July 2009, respectively.
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.
Bing Yu has served as our director since March 2023. Mr. Yu has served as the senior vice president at Kuaishou Technology (HKEX: 1024) since August 2016, primarily responsible for technology development, product testing, operation maintenance, and ToB business relating to StreamLake of the Kuaishou group. Before joining the Kuaishou group, Mr. Yu led video and infrastructure teams in multinational companies such as Hulu, LLC from September 2014 to August 2016 and FreeWheel Media Inc. from July 2010 to April 2013. Mr. Yu received his bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in June 2002 and a master’s degree in software engineering from Tsinghua University in June 2006.
Independent non-executive Director
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.
Independent non-executive Director
Ms. Hong Ni has served as our independent director since March 2021. Ms. Ni has served as an independent non-executive director of Acotec Scientific Holdings Limited (HKEX stock code: 6669) since August 2021, a non-executive director of Ingdan, Inc. (formerly known as Cogobuy Group) (HKEX: 0400) since June 2020, and prior to that, she served as an executive director from March 2015 to June 2020. Ms. Ni has served as an independent director of Digital China Holdings Limited (HKEX: 0861) since September 2010, UCLOUDLINK GROUP INC. (Nasdaq: UCL) since June 2020, and ATA Creativity Global (Nasdaq: AACG) (including its predecessor) since January 2008. Prior to that, Ms. Ni served as a practicing attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1998 to 2004 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 accumulated extensive corporate governance knowledge and experience through her senior management roles and directorships described above. Ms. Ni received a J.D. degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School in May 1998 and a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and business management from Cornell University in May 1994.
Independent non-executive Director
Derek Chen was appointed as an Independent Director in April 2022. Mr. Chen has significant experience in the private equity and fintech industries. He was a partner of TPG Capital (Beijing) Limited from September 2013 to 2019 and was responsible for Growth Equity investments in China. Prior to joining TPG Capital (Beijing) Limited, Mr. Chen worked at SAIF (Beijing) Advisors Ltd. from March 2004 with a focus on private equity and capital market investments, and he was a principal of the firm when he left in September 2009. He was a non-executive director of VCREDIT Holdings Limited (HKEX: 2003) from March 2018 to October 2019, and has been re-appointed as an independent non-executive director since December 2021. Mr. Chen accumulated extensive corporate governance knowledge and experience through his senior management roles and directorships described above. Mr. Chen received a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School in 2001.