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  • Zhiwei Zhao

    Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Zhiwei Zhao has served as our Chief Executive Officer and director since mid-2005. He was elected as the Chairman of our Board of Directors in April 2012 and continues to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr. Zhao was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abitcool Inc before joining us. Abitcool is a company that provides broadband internet services in China. It boasts the largest private Internet Data Center in China. From 1998 to 2005, he served as the General Manager of Huatong International Development Limited in Hong Kong. Mr. Zhao graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and he obtained his EMBA degree from PBC School of Finance of Tsinghua University.
  • James Chen


    James (Zheng) Chen has served as our director since June 2015. He has served as the chief executive officer of Origin Agritech since March, 2018 and was appointed a director of Origin on August 30, 2017. He was Origin Agritech’s CFO from 2012 to 2016. Dr. Chen’s previous professional experience includes CFO of Yunji Inc., a fast-growing e-commerce business, investment manager at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), and senior equity analyst positions at Morgan Joseph and BB&T Capital Markets. Dr. Chen also worked as a Product Manager at Celanese and as a License Product Technology Manager at Univation Technologies, a joint venture between ExxonMobil and Dow Chemical. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and his M.B.A degree from New York University. Mr. Chen has a professional designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”).
  • Jian Wang


    Jian Wang has served as our director since June 2015. He has been the president of Five Star Holdings Limited since 2013. Mr. Wang is a key founder of Jiangsu Five Star Appliances Corporation (“Five Star”), a key member of Best Buy Co., Inc. (“Best Buy”), the world leading provider of technology products, services and solutions. Mr. Wang was the Senior Global Vice President of Best Buy from 2012 to 2013. He was appointed to be the Global Vice President of Best Buy and Chief Executive Officer of Five Star in 2011 after the Best Buy’s acquisition of Five Star in 2009. He led the joint venture of Five Star and Best Buy in 2006. Mr. Wang has been a major founder of Five Star and set up its retail merchandising system in 2001. Five Star has been awarded “China’s Best Employer” for four consecutive years since 2009 under Mr. Wang’s leadership and he himself has also been awarded “China’s Best Entrepreneur on Employer’s Development”. In 2016, he was honored the National Business Ethics Model by China General Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wang obtained his Bachelor of International Economic Management from Jiangsu Provincial CPC School. He received postgraduate education majoring in Business Administration from the Business School of Nanjing University. He received his EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and obtained EMBA degree from PBC School of Finance of Tsinghua University.
  • Yaowei Zhang


    Yaowei Zhang has served as our director since June 2015. He served as Independent Director of Shanghai Everjoy Health Group Co., Ltd (formerly known as Shanghai Cimic Holdings Co., Ltd..) from March 2014 to June 2017. Mr. Zhang was also a Director of China Communication Telecom Services Co., Ltd. Mr. Zhang is the President of Yunshi Investment Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Shanghai Daonan Culture Development Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Yunshi Culture Communication Co. Ltd and the founder of Dao Nan School in Shanghai. Mr. Zhang has served as Vice President of China Communication, which is a nation-wide network and telecom operator. He has also served as Vice President of Shanghai People’s Publishing House, General Manager of the advertising center of Jiefang Daily Group and Deputy Director of the department of television production of Shanghai TV Station. Mr. Zhang obtained his Ph.D. of Management Science and Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Tongji University, and he earned his Bachelor of Economic Law from Fudan University.
  • Jun Wang


    Jun (Jeff) Wang has served as our director since May 2012. Mr. Wang is a partner at Z-Park Fund, a private equity fund focusing on investment in sectors including TMT, energy, high-precision manufacturing, and healthcare. Mr. Wang served as our Chief Financial Officer from August 2006 to May 2017. Mr. Wang was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Beijing Office before joining us. From 2002 to 2005 Jun Wang was founder and president of Miracle Professional Services Inc., a company that provided training and financial consulting services to finance professionals. Prior to that, Mr. Wang provided consulting services at Deloitte’s Beijing, London and New York offices. Mr. Wang now serves as independent director and chairman of audit committee on the Board of Secoo Holdings, an online integrated upscale products and services company listed on NASDAQ. Mr. Wang obtained his Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, his Master of Economics in accounting from Beijing Technology and Business University and his B.A. degree from Shandong University. Mr. Wang is a member of the U.S. Certified Management Accountants (“CMA”) and has a professional designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”).

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