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Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Yang Yuanqing
Mr. Zhu Linan
Mr. Zhao John Huan
Independent Non-executive directors
Dr. Tian Suning
Mr. Nicholas C. Allen
Mr. Nobuyuki Idei
Mr. William O. Grabe
Mr. William Tudor Brown
Ms. Ma Xuezheng
Mr. Yang Chih-Yuan Jerry
Mr. Gordon Robert Halyburton Orr
Professor Shoucheng Zhang
Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Yang Yuanqing, 53, is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and an executive director of the Company. He is also a director and a shareholder of Sureinvest Holdings Limited which holds interests in the issued shares of the Company. Mr. Yang assumed the duties of chief executive officer of the Company on February 5, 2009. Prior to that, he was the chairman of the Board from April 30, 2005. Before taking up the office as chairman, Mr. Yang was the chief executive officer and has been an executive director of the Company since December 16, 1997.
Mr. Yang has nearly 30 years of experience in IT industry. Under his leadership, Lenovo has been China’s best-selling PC brand since 1997 and is the leading PC vendor, one of the major players in global smartphone and x86 server markets. Mr. Yang holds a master’s degree from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Science and Technology of China. Mr. Yang is currently a director of Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ listed). Mr. Yang is also a guest professor at the University of Science and Technology of China and a member of the International Advisory Council of Brookings Institute.
Mr. Zhu Linan, 55, has been a non-executive director of the Company since April 30, 2005. Mr. Zhu graduated with a master’s degree in electronic engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and has more than 20 years of management experience. He was previously a senior vice president of the Group. Mr. Zhu is currently an executive director, president and member of executive committee of Legend Holdings Corporation (HKSE listed), a company holding substantial interests in the issued shares of the Company and he also serves as director of its various members. He is a non-executive director of CAR Inc. (HKSE listed). He was previously a non-executive director of Peak Sport Products Co., Limited (HKSE listed).
Mr. Zhao John Huan, 55, has been a non-executive director of the Company since November 3, 2011. Mr. Zhao holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, dual master’s degrees in electric engineering and physics from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Nanjing University. He is currently an executive director, executive vice president and member of executive committee of Legend Holdings Corporation (HKSE listed), a company having substantial interests in the issued shares of the Company and the chairman and president of Hony Capital Limited.
In addition, he currently holds the following positions: non-executive director of China Glass Holdings Limited, the chairman of the board, executive director and chief executive officer of Best Food Holding Company Limited, chairman of the board and non-executive director of Hospital Corporation of China Limited (all HKSE listed) and the deputy chairman of Shanghai Environment Group Co., Ltd. 上海環境集團股份有限公司 and a non-executive director of Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Development Co., Ltd. 上海錦江國際酒店發展股份有限公司 (both listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange), a non-executive director of Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co., Ltd. 中聯重科股份有限公司 (HKSE and Shenzhen Stock Exchange listed).
Mr. Zhao was previously a director of Wumart Stores, Inc., New China Life Insurance Company Ltd., CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Limited and Chinasoft International Limited (all HKSE listed), Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (MTA Italian Stock Exchange listed) and the deputy chairman of Shanghai Chengtou Holding Co., Ltd. 上海城投控股股份有限公司 (Shanghai Stock Exchange listed).
Independent Non-executive directors
Dr. Tian Suning, 54, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since August 2, 2007. He is the founder and chairman of a Chinese focused private equity fund China Broadband Capital Partners, L.P.. He is currently an independent director of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Stock Exchange listed) and an executive chairman of the holding company of AsiaInfo. He is also an independent non-executive director of Taikang Insurance Group Inc. (formerly Taikang Life Insurance Company Ltd.). From 1993 till 1999, he was co-founder and chief executive officer of AsiaInfo Holdings LLC (formerly listed on NASDAQ). He was previously a non-executive director of Huayi Tencent Entertainment Company Limited (formerly known as China Jiuhao Health Industry Corporation Limited) (HKSE listed), an independent non-executive director of MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE listed) and a vice chairman of PCCW Ltd. (HKSE listed) between 2005 and 2007. Dr. Tian holds a Ph.D. in natural resource management from Texas Tech University and a M.S. degree in ecology from Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Nicholas C. Allen, 63, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since November 6, 2009. Mr. Allen received a bachelor of arts degree in economics/social studies from Manchester University, United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Allen has extensive experience in accounting and auditing and was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers until his retirement in June 2007. Mr. Allen is an independent non-executive director and the chairman of the board of directors of Link Real Estate Investment Trust (HKSE listed) and an independent non-executive director of CLP Holdings Limited (HKSE listed). He was previously an independent non-executive director of Hysan Development Company Limited (HKSE listed) and VinaLand Limited (London Stock Exchange AIM listed).
Mr. Nobuyuki Idei, 80, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since September 28, 2011. Mr. Idei is the founder and chief executive officer of Quantum Leaps Corporation, an executive advisory company. Until retiring in June 2005, for more than a decade, Mr. Idei held a wide variety of leadership positions at Sony Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange, Osaka Securities Exchange, NYSE and London Stock Exchange listed), including chairman and group chief executive officer. He was also the chairman of Sony’s advisory board from June 2005 to June 2012.
Mr. Idei currently serves on the boards of directors of FreeBit Co., Ltd. and Monex Group, Inc. (both Tokyo Stock Exchange listed) and Stripe International Inc.. Mr. Idei is also the chairman of the National Conference on Fostering Beautiful Forests in Japan. Mr. Idei holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Waseda University in Tokyo.
He has served on the boards of directors of Nestlé S.A., Electrolux, General Motors Company, Accenture plc and Baidu, Inc. and also served in a number of other advisory positions including as counselor to the Bank of Japan, vice chairman of Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) and chairman of the IT Strategy Council, an advisory committee to Japan’s Prime Minister.
Mr. William O. Grabe, 80, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since February 8, 2012 and was appointed as the lead independent director of the Company on May 23, 2013. Before that, he was a non-executive director of the Company since May 17, 2005. Mr. Grabe is currently a director of the following listed companies: Gartner Inc. and QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (both NYSE listed). He was previously an independent director of Compuware Corporation and a director of Covisint Corporation. Mr. Grabe is an advisory director of General Atlantic LLC. He formerly served as a managing director of General Atlantic LLC and has been associated with General Atlantic Group since 1992. Prior to that, he served as a corporate vice president and officer of IBM.
Mr. William Tudor Brown, 59, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since January 30, 2013. Mr. Brown is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MA (Cantab) Degree in electrical sciences from Cambridge University. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on June 15, 2013.
Mr. Brown was one of the founders of ARM Holdings plc (“ARM”) (London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listed). During the years with ARM, he held a broad range of leadership positions including engineering director, chief technical officer, executive vice president for global development, chief operating officer and president. He had responsibility for developing high-level relationships with industry partners and governmental agencies and for regional development. He also served as a director of ARM from October 2001 to May 3, 2012. Before joining ARM, he was the principal engineer at Acorn Computers Ltd., working exclusively on the ARM research & development programme since 1984.
Mr. Brown is currently an independent non-executive director of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (HKSE listed) and a director of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ listed). He was previously an independent non-executive director of P2i Limited and Xperi Corporation (NASDAQ listed). He also served on the UK Government Asia Task Force until May 2012.
Ms. Ma Xuezheng, 65, was re-designated as an independent non-executive director of the Company on November 7, 2013. Prior to that, she was a non-executive Vice Chairman of the Company since 2007. Before becoming a non-executive director, she was an executive director and the chief financial officer of the Company at different times between 1997 and 2007 and held directorship in various subsidiaries of the Company. She is currently managing partner of Boyu Capital Advisory Company Limited and a non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission following her resignation from the Main Board and GEM Listing Committees of the HKSE on November 14, 2013. In addition, she is also a non-executive director of Unilever N.V. (NYSE and Euronext Amsterdam listed) and Unilever PLC (NYSE and London Stock Exchange listed). She was formerly a non-executive director of Wumart Stores, Inc. and STELUX Holdings International Limited (HKSE listed) and an independent non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. Ms. Ma holds a bachelor of arts degree from Capital Normal University.
Mr. Yang Chih-Yuan Jerry, 49, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since November 6, 2014. Prior to that, he was the board observer of the Company since February 20, 2013. He holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree of science in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he is serving on the University’s Board of Trustees beginning in October 2017. He was previously on Stanford’s Board of Trustees from 2005 through 2015 including being a vice chair.
Mr. Yang co-founded Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ listed) and served as its chief executive officer from June 2007 to January 2009. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Yahoo! Inc. until January 17, 2012. During such appointment, Mr. Yang focused on corporate strategy and technology vision. Mr. Yang was also instrumental in building strategic business partnerships, international joint ventures and recruiting key talent.
Mr. Yang also served as a director of Yahoo! Japan Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange listed) from January 1996 to January 2012, an independent director of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ listed) from July 2000 to November 2012. Mr. Yang is currently an independent director of Workday Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (both NYSE listed).
Mr. Gordon Robert Halyburton Orr, 55, was re-designated as an independent non-executive director of the Company on September 1, 2016. Prior to that, he was a non-executive director of the Company since 2015. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University, United Kingdom and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.
Mr. Orr joined McKinsey & Company (“McKinsey”) in 1986 and held a broad range of senior positions in McKinsey until his retirement in August 2015. During the years with McKinsey, he was Greater China Managing Partner and subsequently Senior Partner (1999-2015), Managing Partner of McKinsey Asia (2008-2014) and Member of McKinsey’s global Operating Committee (2008-2015). He also served on McKinsey’s Global Shareholder’s Board (2003-2015) and chaired the Governance and Risk Committee.
In the past 20 years, Mr. Orr has served a broad range of clients in Asia, with primary focus on China and technology related sectors across Asia. Mr. Orr is currently an independent non-executive director of Swire Pacific Limited (HKSE listed). He is also a board member of the China-Britain Business Council.
Professor Shoucheng Zhang, aged 55, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the Free University of Berlin in Germany and a Ph.D. in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Professor Zhang is currently a JG Jackson and CJ Wood Professor of Physics and a Professor (by courtesy) of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He is also the Founding Chairman of Danhua Capital (DHVC), a venture capital fund that invests primarily in early stage and growth stage companies with disruptive technology/business model, big market and excellent team. The fund’s areas of focus include artificial intelligence, augmented reality/virtual reality, big data, blockchain, enterprise software and other disruptive technologies.
Professor Zhang is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received numerous international awards including the Europhysics Prize in 2010 from the European Physical Society, the Oliver Buckley Prize in 2012 from the American Physical Society, the Dirac Medal in 2012 from the International Center for Theoretical Physics and the Physics Frontier Prize in 2013 from the Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation. In 2015 Professor Zhang was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal, whose previous laureates included Albert Einstein, Madame Curie and Stephen Hawking. He was elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Science in 2013 and a member of the US National Academy of Science in 2015.
Professor Zhang is currently an independent non-executive director of Meitu, Inc. (the shares of which are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited with a stock code of 1357).