Board of Directors

Mr. Bangxin Zhang
Chairman of Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bangxin Zhang is one of our founders and has served as our chairman or director and chief executive officer since our inception. Mr. Zhang provides vision, overall management, and strategic decision-making relating to marketing, investment planning, and corporate development. Mr. Zhang received his bachelor's degree in Life Sciences from Sichuan University in July 2002, was in the postgraduate program of the Life Science School of Peking University from September 2002 to April 2007, and received an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School in September 2009.

Dr. Yachao Liu
Dr. Yachao Liu has served as our chief operating officer since June 2017. Dr. Liu also served as our director from October 2016 to January 2020. Prior to that, Dr. Liu had been our senior vice president from April 2011 to September 2016 and in charge of our Kaoyan business and certain new businesses from February 2015 to September 2016. Dr. Liu was in charge of our strategic investments from November 2014 to January 2015. From February 2013 to October 2014, Dr. Liu was in charge of our online course offerings. From May 2012 to January 2013, Dr. Liu was in charge of our enterprise planning division and information management center in addition to our online course offerings. From April 2011 to April 2012, Dr. Liu was in charge of our teaching and research division, teachers’ training school, information management center and network operation center. From January 2008 to April 2011, Dr. Liu was our vice president and was in charge of our online course offerings. From September 2005 to January 2008, Dr. Liu was director of our middle school division. Dr. Liu received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanics from Peking University in July 2003 and Ph.D. from the Institute of Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Science in July 2008.
Janet Yan Feng
Audit Committee Chair, Independent Director

Ms. Janet Yan Feng currently serves as a senior vice president and the chief executive officer of the financial services business unit of Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM), where she has held a number of general management and finance positions since 2004. Prior to that, Ms. Feng served as a senior audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Feng received her MBA degree in 2008 and bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and is currently pursuing an EMBA degree at Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance.

Dr. Weiru Chen
Compensation Committee Chair, Independent Director
Dr. Weiru Chen has served as our independent director since June 2015. Mr. Chen is associate professor of strategy at China Europe International Business School (“CEIBS”). Prior to joining CEIBS, he served as a faculty teaching strategy at INSEAD. Mr. Chen’s research is centered on firms’ technological search behaviors, strategic dynamics, and cross-border business model transfer. Mr. Chen received a Ph.D. in Management from Purdue University in 2003.
Dr. Kaifu Zhang
Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Chair, Independent Director
Dr. Kaifu Zhang has served as our independent director since October 2016. Dr. Zhang is assistant professor of Marketing and the Xerox Junior Chair at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University (“CMU”). Prior to joining CMU, he was assistant professor at Cheung Kong Graduate Schools of Business in China. His research interests include the economics of multi-sided markets, business model design for online platforms, and the use of big data and machine learning in econometrics. He has consulted for and offered executive training at a number of tech firms in Europe, US and China. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from INSEAD (France) and a BE in Computer Science from Tsinghua University.
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