Board of Directors

Bangxin Zhang
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

Bangxin Zhang is one of our founders and has served as our chairman 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 2001, was in the postgraduate program of the Life Science School of Peking University from 2002 to 2007, and received an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School in 2009.

Jane Jie Sun
Audit Committee Chair, Independent Director

Jane Jie Sun has served as our independent director since October 2010. Ms. Sun has extensive experience in SEC reporting, finance and accounting. She has served as the chief operating officer of International, Ltd, or Ctrip, a NASDAQ-listed company, since May 2012, and as chief financial officer of Ctrip from December 2005 to April 2012. Prior to joining Ctrip, Ms. Sun served as the head of the SEC and External Reporting Division of Applied Materials, Inc., where she worked from 1997 to 2005. Prior to joining Applied Materials, Inc., Ms. Sun worked with KPMG LLP in Silicon Valley, California for five years. Ms. Sun is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the State of California Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Sun received her bachelor’s degree from the Business School of the University of Florida with High Honors. She also attended the undergraduate program at Beijing University Law School from 1987 to 1989.

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.
Dr. Yachao Liu
Dr. Yachao Liu has served as our director since October 2016. Since April 2011, Dr. Liu has been our senior vice president and once led our teaching and research division, teacher’s training school, information management center and network operation center. Prior to this, Dr. Liu was our vice president and was in charge of our online course offerings between January 2008 and April 2011. 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 2003 and Ph.D. from the Institute of Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Science in 2008.
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