Qi Ji is our founder and has also served as the executive chairman of our board since February 2007. He also served as our chief executive officer until August 2009 and returned to CEO role in January 2012. He co-founded Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc., or Home Inns, and served as its chief executive officer from January 2001 to January 2005. He also co-founded Ctrip.com International, Ltd., or Ctrip.com, one of the largest online travel services provider in China, in 1999, acted as its chief executive officer and president until December 2001, and currently serves on Ctrip.com's board as an independent director. Prior to founding Ctrip.com, Mr. Ji was the chief executive officer of Shanghai Sunflower High-Tech Group, which he founded in 1997. He headed the East China Division of Beijing Zhonghua Yinghua Intelligence System Co., Ltd. from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Ji received both his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Tuo (Matthew) Zhang
non-executive board member and Vice-chairman of the Board
Tuo (Matthew) Zhang has served as a non-executive board member and vice-chairman of the Board since January 2012. From August 2009 to December 2011, he served as our chief executive officer. From October 2007 through July 2009, he acted as our chief operating officer. He has more than 15 years of working experience with multinational companies in senior management capacities and has accumulated extensive knowledge in chain management and multi-location management. Prior to joining us in 2007, he served as the General Manager of Shanghai IJIAS Technology Co., Ltd. from 2005 to 2007, the Vice President of Zhejiang Kasen Industrial Co., Limited from 2004 to 2005, the Vice President of OBI Management Systems (China) Co., Ltd. and the General Manager of OBI Asia Trade and Lux International (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Zhang received his Bachelor's degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
John Jiong Wu
John Jiong Wu, a co-founder of our company, has served as our director since January 2007. He has served as the Venture Partner of Northern Light Venture Capital since 2007 and was an Angel Investor and the Chief Technology Officer of Alibaba Group from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining Alibaba Group, he worked as an engineer or manager in several companies in the Silicon Valley, including Oracle and Yahoo! Inc. Mr. Wu received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Michigan.
Tongtong Zhao, a co-founder of our company, has served as our director since February 2007. She was the General Manager of Shanghai Asia-Tang Health Technology Development Co., Ltd. from 2004 to 2006, the General Manager of Shanghai Hong Ying Hi-Tech Co., Ltd. from 1999 to 2001, and the Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Xie Cheng Science and Technology Co., Ltd. from 1997 to 1998. Ms. Zhao received her Master of Science degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and obtained her Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University.
Min Fan has served as our director since March 2010. He is one of the co-founders of Ctrip and has served as its chief executive officer since January 2006, as its director since October 2006 and as its president since February 2009. Mr. Fan served as Ctrip's chief operating officer from November 2004 to January 2006. Prior to that, he served as its executive vice president from 2000 to November 2004. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Fan was the chief executive officer of Shanghai Travel Service Company, a leading domestic travel agency in China. From 1990 to 1997, he served as the deputy general manager and in a number of other senior positions at Shanghai New Asia Hotel Management Company, which was one of the leading hotel management companies in China. In addition to his positions at Ctrip, Mr. Fan currently serves on the boards and compensation committees of PerfectEnergy International, Ltd., ChinaEdu Corporation and 99 Joyu Tourism Operating Group. Mr. Fan received his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He also studied at the Lausanne Hotel Management School of Switzerland in 1995.
Yan Huang has served as our independent director since June 2007. He has been a General Partner of CDH Ventures since 2006 and was an Associated Director of Intel Capital from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Huang received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Zhejiang University.
Joseph Chow has served as our independent director since August 2010. He has over 16 years of experience in corporate finance, financial advisory and management and has held senior executive and managerial positions in various public and private companies. Prior to joining, Mr. Chow was managing director of Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLP from 2008 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as an independent financial consultant from 2006 to 2008, as chief financial officer of Harbor Networks Limited from 2005 to 2006, and as chief financial officer of China Netcom (Holdings) Company Limited from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that Mr. Chow also served as the director of strategic planning of Bombardier Capital, Inc., as vice president of international operations of Citigroup and as the corporate auditor of GE Capital. Mr. Chow currently sits on the board as director for Synutra International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYUT) and an independent non-executive director for Kasen International Holdings Limited and for Intime Department Store (Group) Co., Ltd. Mr. Chow obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Nanjing Institute of International Relations and an MBA from the University of Maryland at College Park.