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.
Min (Jenny) Zhang
Chief Financial Officer
Min (Jenny) Zhang has served as our chief financial officer since March 2008. She has more than ten years of experience in finance and consulting with multinational companies. Prior to joining us in 2007, she was the Finance Director of Eli Lilly (Asia) Inc., Thailand Branch and the Chief Financial Officer of
ASIMCO Casting (Beijing) Company, Ltd. She also worked previously with McKinsey & Company, Inc. as a consultant. Ms. Zhang obtained her Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and received both Master's and Bachelor's degrees from the University of International Business and Economics.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Yunhang Xie has served as chief operating office of the company since April 2012. Mr. Xie has more than 16 years of working experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining China Lodging Group, Mr. Xie held several leadership roles in Digital China Networks Co., Ltd. ("DCN"), a leading network equipment and solutions provider, since 2000. He acted as General Manager of DCN from 2005 to 2012, formulating corporate development strategy and managing day-to-day operations. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Xie served as Deputy General Manager at the network division of Lenovo Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. Mr. Xie received his master degree of Business and Administration from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, and bachelor degree of Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.