Chairman of Board of Directors
Mr. David Xueling Li has been the chairman of our board of directors since July 2017. Mr. Li is also a co-founder, chairman and acting chief executive officer of YY. From YY’s inception in April 2005 to August 2016, Mr. Li served as YY’s chief executive officer. Before founding YY, Mr. Li worked at NetEase.com, Inc. from July 2003 to April 2005 and served as its chief editor. In 2000, Mr. Li founded CFP.cn, a website that provided a copyright trading platform for journalists and amateur photographers. Mr. Li received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Renmin University of China.
Director, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rongjie Dong has been our chief executive officer since August 2016 and our director since March 2017. From April 2013 to August 2016, Mr. Dong served as executive vice president of YY. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Dong served as product manager and head of the technology department of 163.com. Mr. Dong received his bachelor’s degree in computer hardware from Beijing Information Engineering Institute (now known as Beijing Information Science and Technology University).
Mr. Steven Xiaoyi Ma has been serving as our director since March 2018 and was appointed to our board by Linen Investment Limited. Currently, Mr. Ma also serves as a senior vice president at Tencent. Prior to joining Tencent in 2007, Mr. Ma served as a general manager of games division of OPTIC Communication Co., Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Ma worked as a general manager at Shanghai EasyService Technology Development Ltd. Mr. Ma received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China and an EMBA degree from Fudan University in China.
Mr. Hongqiang Zhao has served as our independent director since May 2018. Mr. Zhao has served as the chief financial officer of BaiRong Financial Information Services Information Services Co. Ltd., or BaiRong, since December 2015. Prior to joining BaiRong, Mr. Zhao was the CFO of NetEase e-Commerce Business from November 2014 to December 2015, and the vice president of finance at SouFun Holdings Limited from December 2012 to October 2014. From March 2011 to December 2012, Mr. Zhao worked in New York as the director of financial analysis for Viacom Inc., a leading global entertainment content company. Between February 2009 and July 2011, Mr. Zhao served as an assistant chief auditor at the PCAOB, a regulatory oversight agency under the SEC of the United States. Prior to that, Mr. Zhao was a manager at KPMG LLP in the Washington D.C., providing professional services to internet, telecommunication and entertainment companies for more than eight years since August 2000. Mr. Zhao received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tsinghua University and his master’s degree in accountancy from George Washington University.
Mr. Xiaopeng He has served as our independent director since May 2018. In 2014, Mr. He co-founded Xpeng Motors, a Chinese internet-based vehicle provider. Mr. He has served as the chairman of Xpeng Motors since August 2017. From August 2014 to August 2017, Mr. He assumed several positions at Alibaba Group since Alibaba’s acquisition of UCWeb Inc., a Chinese mobile internet company co-founded by Mr. He in 2014. Mr. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from South China University of Technology.