Chairman of Board of Directors
Mr. Songtao Lin has been the chairman of our board of directors since May 2023. Mr. Lin joined Tencent in 2003 and currently serves as the corporate vice president of Tencent. Mr. Lin has held management positions within various Tencent business lines, including QQ, Qzone, Open Platform, GuangDianTong, YingYongBao, and the On-line Video Business Unit. Mr. Lin received a master's degree in computer application technology from Tianjin University in 2003 and an executive MBA degree from CEIBS (China European International Business School) in 2014.
Mr. Qinghua Xie has been serving as our director since April 2023. Mr. Xie joined Tencent in December 2003, and currently serves as the corporate vice president of Tencent. Mr. Xie has served as a non-executive director of Yixin Group Limited (HKSE: 2858) since April 2022 and a non-executive director of Tongcheng Travel Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0780) since April 2023. Mr. Xie obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Sun Yat-Sen University in 2001.
Mr. Hai Tao Pu has been serving as our director since April 2020. Mr. Pu currently serves as a co-head of legal department of Tencent and a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and listing committee member of Shenzhen Stock Exchange ChiNext. Prior to joining Tencent in 2010, Mr. Pu practiced corporate and M&A, capital markets and commercial law at Slaughter and May and Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Mr. Pu received his Juris Doctor from the Melbourne University Law School in Australia.
Mr. Guang Xu has been serving as our director since April 2020. Mr. Xu currently serves as a general manager at Tencent's interactive entertainment group. Prior to joining Tencent in 2006, Mr. Xu served in the game planning department at Shenzhen Yamido Technology Co., Ltd. from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Xu received his bachelor's degree in electronic information engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.
Mr. Lei Zheng has been serving as our director since March 2020. Currently, Mr. Zheng serves as the general manager of the user platform department of Tencent. Prior to that position, Mr. Zheng served as the assistant general manager of the interactive-entertainment-operation of Tencent from 2012 to 2018. Mr. Zheng received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University in China.
Mr. Hongqiang Zhao has been serving as our independent director since May 2018. Mr. Zhao currently also serves as an independent director of Li Auto (Nasdaq: LI; SEHK: 2015), an innovator in China’s new energy vehicle market. Mr. Zhao has served as the chief financial officer of BaiRong Yunchuang Technology Co. Ltd., or BaiRong (SEHK: 6608), since December 2015. Prior to joining BaiRong, Mr. Zhao was the CFO of NetEase (Nasdaq: NTES; SEHK: 9999)’s e-commerce business, and the vice president of finance at SouFun Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN). Previously, Mr. Zhao worked in New York as the director of financial analysis for Viacom Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAB), 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 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. Tsang Wah Kwong has served as our independent director since May 2020. Mr. Tsang currently also serves as an independent non-executive director of China Merchants China Direct Investments Limited (SEHK: 00133), Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Limited (SEHK: 00460), Shirble Department Store Holdings (China) Limited (SEHK: 00312) and TK Group (Holdings) Limited (SEHK: 02283). Prior to June 2011, Mr. Tsang was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong and China and has over 30 years of experience in auditing and providing support for initial public offerings and acquisition transactions. Mr. Tsang received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.