Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jun Zhang is one of our four co-founders and our co-chief executive officer. He has been serving as our chief executive officer since January 2011, director since September 2011 and chairman of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Zhang served as the operation manager at Wicresoft, a provider of "Internet +" transition service jointly founded by Microsoft Corporation and Shanghai Alliance Investment Limited, from October 2008 to July 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Zhang served as a technical lead of Microsoft Global Technical Engineering Center since 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Zhang worked at Shanghai Online E-Biz Co., Ltd. as a coder and programmer from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Zhang received his bachelor's degree in communication science and engineering and master's degree in industrial engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China.
Deputy Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Tiezheng Li is one of our four co-founders and has been serving as our chief strategy officer since July 2017 and deputy chairman since September 2018. Mr. Li has been our director since February 2015 and also served as our chief operating officer from April 2015 to July 2017 and our chief risk officer from January 2011 to April 2015. Prior to founding Paipaidai, Mr. Li served as a risk manager at China Minsheng Banking Corporation Limited from 2006 to 2011. Mr. Li received his bachelo's degree in civil engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China and FMBA degree from China Europe International Business School in China.
Director and President
Mr. Honghui Hu is one of our four co-founders and has been serving as our president since January 2011 and director since September 2011. Prior to founding Paipaidai, Mr. Hu worked as a lawyer and a senior partner at several PRC law firms from 2001 to 2009. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Hu served as a loan officer in Shanghai Branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited. Mr. Hu received his bachelor's degree in economics from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China and master's degree in economics from Fudan University in China.
Mr. Shaofeng Gu is one of our four co-founders and has been serving as our director since April 2009 and strategy adviser since December 2016. Mr. Gu served as our chief strategy officer from August 2014 to December 2016, chief technology officer from January 2011 to August 2014 and chief executive officer from 2007 to 2011. Prior to founding Paipaidai, Mr. Gu was the founder and the chief executive officer of Shanghai Jufei Internet Technology Co., Ltd. (Podlook), a startup running podcast aggregation business, from 2005 to 2007. Prior to founding Podlook, Mr. Gu served as a technical lead of Microsoft Corporation from 2000 to 2005. Mr. Gu received his bachelor's degree in communication science and engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China.
Mr. Ronald Cao has been serving as our director since February 2014. Mr. Cao is the founder and managing director of Sky9 Capital, a China-centric early-stage focused technology venture capital firm established in 2016. Mr. Cao also co-founded Lightspeed China Partners and has been managing the investments and operations of Lightspeed China Partners I, L.P. and Lightspeed China Partners II, L.P. since November 2011. Prior to founding Lightspeed China Partners, Mr. Cao served as the managing director of Lightspeed Venture Partners and as managing director of KLM Capital, a cross-border US - China venture capital firm. Mr. Cao currently serves on the boards of privately owned portfolio companies and is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Forum of Young Global Leaders. Mr. Cao received his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Engineering degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Cao has been named by Forbes China as one of China's top venture capitalist over multiple years.
Mr. Kai Deng has been serving as our director since August 2018. Mr. Deng is an associate with Sequoia Capital China and focuses on financial services and other TMT sector investments. Prior to joining Sequoia in 2015, Mr. Deng served as a consultant and a manager at Ernst & Young from 2007 to 2014. Mr. Deng received his bachelor's degree in Accounting from Peking University and is also a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accounts.
Mr. Jimmy Y. Lai has been serving as our independent director since November 2017. Mr. Lai currently serves as the chief financial officer of China Online Education Group, a leading online education platform in China listed on the NYSE. Prior to joining China Online Education Group in 2015, Mr. Lai served as the chief financial officer for several companies, including Chukong Technologies Corp., a leading mobile entertainment platform company in China, from 2013 to 2015, Gamewave Corporation, a leading webgame company in China, from 2011 to 2013, Daqo New Energy Corp., an NYSE-listed company and a leading polysilicon manufacturer based in China, from 2009 to 2011, Linktone Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed company and a leading provider of wireless interactive entertainment services to consumers in China, from 2008 to 2009 and Palm Commerce Holdings, a leading information technology solution provider for the China lottery industry, from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Lai served as an associate vice president of investor relations at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, a company listed on the NYSE and the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, from 2002 to 2006, and as a controller and director of financial planning at AMX Corporation from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Lai received his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and his bachelor's degree in statistics from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Mr. Lai is a certified public accountant licensed in the State of Texas.
Mr. Bing Xiang has been serving as our independent director since November 2017. Mr. Xiang currently serves as an independent director of multiple public companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, including Asiasec Properties Limited, Sinolink Worldwide Holdings Limited and Longfor Properties Co. Ltd. Mr. Xiang is the founding dean of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and has been a professor there since 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Xiang was a professor, a PhD advisor and the director of EMBA at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, from 1999 to 2001. He has also taught at Chinese University of Hong Kong, China Europe International Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Calgary. Mr. Xiang received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University and a PhD degree in finance and accounting from the University of Alberta.