Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Shanglue Xiao is our founder, and has served as the chairman of our board of directors and chief executive officer since our inception. Mr. Xiao is a serial entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the e-commerce industry. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Xiao founded the Xiaoye Perfume, an online cosmetics retailer in China, in 2003. Mr. Xiao received his EMBA from China Europe International Business School.
Mr. Wei Ying has served as our director since February 2018. Mr. Ying is currently a managing director of CDH Investments. Prior to joining CDH Investments, Mr. Ying was a vice president of China Water Affairs Group Limited from February 2007 to March 2009 and president and executive director of China Plant Development Holdings Limited from July 2008 to July 2009. Prior to this, Mr. Ying served as an executive director of China Resources Textiles (Holding) Co., Ltd. Mr. Ying currently serves as non-executive director for several Hong Kong listed companies, such as CHTC Fong's International Company Limited (0641.HK), New Focus Auto Tech Holdings Ltd (0360.HK), Fountain Set (Holdings) Limited (0420.HK), China Health Group Limited (0673.HK) and Zhongsheng Group Holdings Limited (0881.HK). Mr. Ying received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Zhejiang Gongshang University and an MBA from University of San Francisco.
Mr. Li-Lan Cheng has served as our independent director since May 2019. Mr. Cheng has served as the acting chief financial officer of Leju Holdings Limited (NYSE: LEJU) since June 2017. Mr. Cheng also served as Leju’s executive director from March 2014 to March 2017. Mr. Cheng has served as the chief operating officer of E-House (China) Holdings Limited, a real estate services company in China, since April 2012. He was E-House's chief financial officer from November 2006 to April 2012. Prior to joining E-House, Mr. Cheng served as the chief financial officer of SouFun Holdings Limited, a real estate internet company in China, from 2005 to 2006. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Cheng served as an executive director and the chief financial officer of SOHO China Limited, a real estate developer in Beijing. Mr. Cheng was an assistant director and the head of the Asian transportation sector investment banking group of ABN AMRO Asia from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Cheng is an independent director of 51job, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOBS), a human resource service provider, and LAIX Inc. (NYSE: LAIX), an artificial intelligence company for English language training. Mr. Cheng received a bachelor's degree in Economics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Cheng is a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
Mr. Gao Wang has served as our independent director since May 2019. Mr. Wang has been a professor of marketing at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) since 2009. Prior to joining CEIBS, Mr. Wang was an associate professor of marketing at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University from 2002 to 2008. Before joining the faculty of Tsinghua University, he worked as a manager of the Strategic Analytics Group at the Minute Maid Company, a division of Coca Cola in Houston, for two years with responsibility for sales planning/evaluation and marketing plan. Prior to that, Mr. Wang was a senior consultant at Information Resources Inc. (IRI) in Chicago from 1998 to 2000 with responsibility for marketing model development. Mr. Wang received his bachelor's degree in demography from Renmin University of China and his master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Yale University.
Mr. Xi has served as a consultant of Puhua Capital since October 2019. Prior to joining Puhua Capital, Mr. Xi served as a counsel of Hangzhou Municipal Market Supervision Bureau from 2014 to 2016. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Xi was the director of Hangzhou Municipal Financial Services Office, where he was responsible for developing and managing local financial services. Prior to that, Mr. Xi served as the deputy director of Hangzhou Administration for Industry and Commerce, from 1998 to 2009, where he was in charge of company registration, trademark advertising supervision, e-government and policy related affairs. Mr. Xi received his bachelor's degree in history from Hangzhou University in 1982.