Board of Directors
Mr. Song Wang is the founder, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer. He co-founded the company in 1998. Mr. Wang oversees the strategic direction of the company and has transformed the company from a small start-up to an established and leading content and application delivery service provider in China. Prior to co-founding the company, Mr. Wang served as the chief representative of Business 2000 Resources Beijing Office from 1996 to 1998. Prior to that, Mr. Wang served as Greater China senior counsel for Boston Technology, Inc. from 1995 to 1996. He worked for Northern China Computer Technologies Institute as a computer-aided design engineer from 1987 to 1995. Mr. Wang studied French at the China Foreign Affairs University and attended EMBA training courses on top manager management at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. Mr. Wang is the husband of Ms. Jean Xiaohong Kou, co-founder, director and senior vice president.
Ms. Jean Xiaohong Kou is co-founder, director and senior vice president. She co-founded the company in 1998. Ms. Kou is in charge of developing human resources strategy, business development functionality and financial strategy development, and supervises day-to-day administrative matters. Prior to co-founding the company, Ms. Kou worked for seven years at Town Sky Technology Group, an information technology company based in Hong Kong, as senior sales manager for Greater China area. Ms. Kou studied computer applications at Beijing Jiaotong University and attended training courses on human resources and financial management at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. Ms. Kou is the wife of Mr. Song Wang, co-founder, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer.
Mr. Yunjie Liu has served as an independent director since October 2005. Mr. Liu has extensive experience in telecommunications technology and management, particularly in the area of data communications. He currently serves as chief scientist of the Technology Committee of China United Network Communications (Group) Limited, formerly known as China United Telecommunications Corporation (Group) Limited, or Unicom Group. From April 1999 to December 2003, Mr. Liu served as the Chief Engineer and later vice president of Unicom Group. From May 2000 to January 2004, Mr. Liu was vice president of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (formerly known as China Unicom Limited), a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Unicom Group is an indirect controlling shareholder of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited. After he retired, Mr. Liu served as a non-executive director of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited from February 2004 to April 2006. Prior to joining Unicom Group, Mr. Liu held various high-ranking positions at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, including director general of the Institute of Data Communication Research and president of the Institute of Postal. Mr. Liu received a bachelor's degree in physics from Peking University and is a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Mr. Ya-Qin Zhang has served as an independent director since September 2010. Mr. Zhang has been serving as the chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group since 2005 and is in charge of the research and development of Microsoft Corporation in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Zhang is one of the founding members of the Microsoft Research Asia lab, where he served as managing director and chief scientist, and he also founded the Advanced Technology Center in 2003. Before joining Microsoft in 1999, Mr. Zhang was a director for the Multimedia Technology Laboratory at Sarnoff Corp. and worked as a senior technical staff member for GTE Laboratories Inc. and Contel Corp. Mr. Zhang currently serves as an independent director of China Real Estate Information Corporation, a NASDAQ listed provider of real estate information, consulting and online services in China. Mr. Zhang received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from George Washington University.
Ms. Kathleen Chien has served as an independent director since September 2010. Ms. Chien is currently the chief operating officer and acting chief financial officer of 51job, Inc., a provider of integrated human resource services in China that is listed on NASDAQ. Ms. Chien joined 51job, Inc. in 1999 and served as its chief financial officer from 2004 to March 2009. Prior to joining 51job, Inc., Ms. Chien worked in the financial services and management consulting industries, including three years with Bain & Company in Hong Kong and two years with Capital Securities Corp. in Taiwan. During her tenure at Bain & Company, Ms. Chien was a consultant to a number of companies on strategic and marketing issues, including entry into the Chinese market and achieving cost and operational efficiencies. While at Capital Securities Corp., Ms. Chien completed a number of equity and equity-linked transactions, enabling Taiwanese companies to raise significant capital from the international capital markets. Ms. Chien received her bachelor's degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA degree from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Bin Laurence has served as our director since September 2011. Ms. Laurence became the chief financial officer of E-House (China) Holdings Limited, a leading real estate services company in China that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, in April 2012. From 2009 until April 2012, Ms. Laurence served as the chief financial officer of China Real Estate Information Corporation, or CRIC, a NASDAQ-listed real estate information, consulting, and online services provider which merged with E-House in 2012. Prior to joining CRIC, Ms. Laurence had been a research analyst at SuttonBrook Capital Management LP, a hedge fund based in New York since 2005. Ms. Laurence served as a director in the distressed assets management division of BMO Financial Group in New York from 2002 to 2004. From 1996 to 2002, she served as an associate and a vice president successively covering the media/ communications industry in the leveraged finance division of BMO Financial Group. From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Laurence was an analyst covering the media/communications industry in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, Inc. in New York. Ms. Laurence received a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.