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.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Xin Fan has served as our chief financial officer since September 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Fan served as our vice president of finance since April 2016. Before joining our company, Mr. Fan served as a finance director at NetEase (Nasdaq: NTES) from 2011 to 2016. Prior to 2011, Mr. Fan held various positions at KPMG Huazhen for an aggregate of eight years and served as a senior manager there from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Fan received his bachelor’s degree in international accounting from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 2001. Mr. Fan is a regular member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a certified public accountant in China. He also holds licenses as chartered global management accountant and chartered certified accountant in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Feng Zhang has served as our vice president of game and PUG video operations since April 2016. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Zhang served as a vice president at Chukong Technologies, an international mobile entertainment platform company based in China, from 2014 to 2016. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Zhang served as general manager of gaming business at Sogou (NYSE: SOGO), where he oversaw Sogou’s online gaming business. Prior to that, Mr. Zhang served as associate director of game operations center at Renren (NYSE: RENN) since 2008. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Zhang served as marketing manager at Kingsoft. Mr. Zhang received his bachelor’s degree in automobile manufacturing from China Agricultural University in 2001.
Mr. Yang Liu has served as our vice president of technology since September 2017. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Liu served as an executive director at Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), where he oversaw Baidu’s cloud business from 2014 to 2017, and managed Baidu’s search ads engineering from 2010 to 2014. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Liu served as a staff engineer at Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), where he was a tech lead for Google AdSense. Prior to that, Mr. Liu served as a staff engineer at Sybase, an enterprise software and services company, from 2004 to 2006, where he was a tech lead for Sybase’s development of integrated development environment. Mr. Liu received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1997 and 2000, respectively.
Mr. Kai Qu has served as our vice president of user experience since October 2014. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Qu served as a general manager of UCWeb browser and product partner at UCWeb Inc., a PRC mobile internet company that offers mobile browser-related products and services, since 2009, where he was responsible for the design of user interface for UCWeb’s products. From 2005 and 2008, Mr. Qu served as design director of mobile multi-media lab at Orange, formerly known as France Telecom. Prior to that, Mr. Qu served as a user interface designer and manager of online gaming department at Kingsoft. Mr. Qu received his bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Shenyang Institute of Technology in 2001.
Mr. Yao Liu has served as our vice president of commercial operations since September 2017. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Liu held various senior positions at Tencent (HK: 0700) from 2007 to 2017, including general manager of online media products, general manager of advertising products and general manager of media yield management. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Liu served as an operations director at Ogilvy and Guangdong Advertising Group, where he provided operational support and digital media marketing services to key accounts such as IBM, Audi and China Telecom. Mr. Liu received his bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Beijing Institute of Technology in 1998.
Ming Hsien Chan
Mr. Ming Hsien Chan has served as our vice president of animation production since July 2016. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Chan served as the chief executive officer of Children’s Playground Entertainment Inc., an anime production company we acquired in 2016. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Chan held various positions at Hong Ying Universe, a leading anime production company in China, where his responsibilities included storyline development, budget planning and project management. Mr. Chan received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Capilano University in Canada in 2001.