Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rui Chen has served as chairman of our board of directors and our chief executive officer since November 2014. Mr. Chen is a serial entrepreneur and has over 15 years of experience in the internet and technology-related industries in China. Prior to joining us, he co-founded Cheetah Mobile (NYSE: CMCM), a leading mobile internet company in China. In 2008, Mr. Chen founded Beike Internet Security Co., Ltd. and served as its chief executive officer from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Chen served as general manager of internet security research and development at Kingsoft (HK: 3888), a leading software and internet service company in China, from 2001 to 2008. In 2016, Mr. Chen was named by Fortune as one of China’s ‘‘40 Under 40,’’ a list of the most influential people in business under the age of 40 in China. Mr. Chen received his bachelor’s degree from Chengdu University of Information Technology in 2001.
Founder, Director and President
Mr. Yi Xu founded our website in 2009 and has served as our director and president since December 2013. Mr. Xu has been an opinion leader in our communities since the inception of our company and led the prosperity of our community culture among users. Mr. Xu received his associate degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2010.
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Ni Li has served as our chief operating officer since November 2014 and vice chairman of our board of directors since January 2015. Ms. Li oversees our platform operations, sales and commercial cooperations, content ecosystem partnership, and strategic planning and investments. Prior to joining our company, Ms. Li was in charge of human resources operations at Cheetah Mobile from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Li founded Goalcareer, a provider of consulting services to companies in the technology, media and telecommunication sector, and served as its chief executive officer from 2008 to 2012. Ms. Li received her bachelor’s degree in law from Lingnan Normal University in 2008.
Mr. JP Gan has served as our director since January 2015. Mr. Gan has been a managing partner of Qiming Venture Partners since 2006. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Gan was the chief financial officer of KongZhong Corporation, a wireless internet company. Prior to joining KongZhong, Mr. Gan was a director of The Carlyle Group responsible for venture capital investments in the Greater China region from 2000 to 2005. Mr. Gan is also an independent director of Ctrip (Nasdaq: CTRP). Mr. Gan received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1994 and his MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1999.
Mr. Eric He has serve as our director since March 2018. He currently also serves as an independent director of 51job (Nasdaq: JOBS). Mr. He had served as chief financial officer of YY Inc. (Nasdaq: YY) from August 2011 to April 2017. Prior to that, Mr. He served as chief financial officer of Giant Interactive Group, Inc. from March 2007 to August 2011. He served as chief strategy officer of Ninetowns Internet Technology Group from 2004 to 2007. From 2002 to 2004, he served as a private equity investment director for AIG Global Investment Corp (Asia) Ltd. Mr. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from National Taipei University and an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst in the United States.
Mr. Wenji Jin previously served as our director from May 2016 to April 2018. Mr. Jin is a managing director at Legend Capital, an investment company focusing on innovation and growth enterprises in internet and technology sector in China. Mr. Jin has held various positions at Legend Capital since 2007. Prior to joining Legend Capital, Mr. Jin served as a senior manager in the software development department at Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS). Mr. Jin received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China, his master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and his EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School in 2007.
Mr. Feng Li previously served as our director from November 2014 to May 2016. Mr. Feng Li is the founder and chief executive officer of Shanghai Ziyou Investment Management Limited, also known as FreeS Fund, a venture capital firm that primarily invests in early and growth stage startups in China and overseas, focusing on fintech, artificial intelligence and biotech industries. Prior to founding FreeS Fund, Mr. Li worked as a partner of China TMT investment department at IDG Capital, a global network of private equity and venture capital firms. Prior to that, Mr. Li served as deputy vice president of New Oriental, a leading English teaching and learning school in China. Mr. Li currently serves as a board member of several private internet and technology companies based in China. Mr. Li received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Peking University in 1996 and his master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in the United States in 1998.