Independent Non-executive Directors
Mr. Chen Yihong, is the founder, chairman and executive director of the Company. Mr. Chen is primarily responsible for the management of the board, company investment operations and corporate planning. Mr. Chen joined the Company in March 2007. Mr. Chen has extensive experience in the sporting goods industry in China. From 1991 to 2005, Mr. Chen was the vice-general manager, general manager and chief executive officer of Beijing Li Ning Sports Goods Co., Ltd. (北京李寧體育用品有限公司) and the executive director of Li Ning Company Limited, a company listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Chen had completed an executive Master's in business administration degree from Guanghua School of Management of Peking University (北京大學光華管理學院) in 2002. Mr. Chen had completed "China CEO Program" of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (長江商學院) in 2009.
Mr. Zhang Zhiyong is our executive director, chief executive officer and president. Mr. Zhang joined the Company in October 2017. Mr. Zhang is primary responsible for company strategy and managing the overall operations (excluding the investment operations). Mr. Zhang joined Beijing Li Ning Footwear Co., Ltd. (北京李寧鞋業有限公司) in October 1992 and had been in charge of its financial system and nationwide retail business system, before becoming the general manager of the company in February 2001, a position he held until June 2004. From the listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Li Ning Company Limited (Stock Code: 2331) in June 2004 to 3 July 2012, Mr. Zhang was chief executive officer and executive director of Li Ning Company Limited in charge of the overall strategy and implementation of the Company. Mr. Zhang stepped down as chief executive officer and executive director of Li Ning Company Limited in July 2012 and October 2014, respectively.
Mr. Zhang has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of C. banner International Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1028), since 15 October 2012.
Mr. Zhang has been engaged in the digitalisation of sports gear since October 2014. He has founded 北京必邁體育用品有限公司 with a proprietary brand name known as "BMAI" and has been the non-executive chairman of the company since then. He also holds the controlling interests in the company.
Mr. Zhang was president of LeSports from August 2016 to January 2017.
Mr. Zhang has been involved in China's sporting goods industry since 1992. With more than 20 years' marketing experience in the sector, he brings with him profound understanding of and practical experience in China's ever-changing consumer market, brand-building for sporting goods, digitalisation of the sporting industry, as well as the management of corporate reforms at Chinese companies.
Mr. Zhang holds a bachelor's degree from Beijing Institute of Economics (北京經濟學院) and an EMBA degree from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.
Ms. Chen Chen is our executive director and co-president. Ms. Chen joined the Company in 2012 and is primarily responsible for overseeing the marketing and design of Kappa products of the Company. Ms. Chen served as product planning representative in the apparel planning team of the Company from 2012 to 2013. Ms. Chen was promoted as the manager of the marketing department and apparel design department and the vice president of the Brand department in 2013. Ms. Chen graduated from University of the Arts - London College of Fashion with a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design Technology - Surface Textiles in 2010.
Mr. Lyu Guanghong ("Mr. Lyu") has been appointed as an executive director and chief financial officer of the Company with effect from 17 April 2020. Mr. Lyu joined the Group in October 2008. He acted as the manager of the finance department from November 2013 to February 2015. Prior to his appointment as the executive director and chief financial officer of the Company, Mr. Lyu has been the director of the investment and fund management department of the Company since February 2015, during which he was responsible for investment management, listing compliance, investor relations and other internal management of the Group.
Prior to joining the Group, from September 2004 to September 2008, Mr. Lyu was the deputy manager of the financial audit department at China Jushi Co., Ltd. (中國巨石股份有限公司) (stock code: 600176.SH) ("China Jushi"). His major duties included financial analysis and taxation of China Jushi.
Mr. Lyu obtained his bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in management from Nankai University (南開大學). He is a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and an intermediate accountant.
Dr. Chen Guogang is the independent non-executive director of the Company and joined the Company in June 2016. Dr. Chen is the independent non-executive director of Guotai Junan Securities Co. Ltd. (國泰君安證券股份有限公司) (a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (stock code: 601211) and YTO Express Group Co., Ltd. (圓通速遞股份有限公司) (a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (stock code: 600233) respectively. Dr. Chen resigned as chairman of the board of directors of CMI Capital Company Limited with effect from 23 June 2017. Dr. Chen had been appointed as the president of Shenzhen Qianhai Financial Assets Exchange Ltd. (深圳前海金融交易所有限 公 司 ) with effect from September 2018. Dr. Chen had also been appointed as the independence director of Cofco Trust Co., Ltd. (中糧信託有限責任公司) with effect from March 2018. Dr. Chen, has resigned as an executive director and chairman of the board of China Minsheng Financial Holding Corporation Limited (中國民生金融控股有限公司) with effect from 17 August 2018. Besides, Dr. Chen has resigned as the vice president of China Minsheng Investment Corp., Ltd. (中國民生投資股份有限公司) since May 2018 and resigned as executive director of China Minsheng Asia Asset Management Co., Ltd. (中民投亞洲資產管理有限公司) since August 2018. Dr. Chen has also resigned as an non- executive director of Far East Horizon Limited (遠東宏信有限公司) since July 2018.
Dr. Chen obtained a doctorate degree in economics from Xiamen University (廈門大學) in 1988. He is a senior accountant granted by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation in the People’s Republic of China and a certified public accountant granted by China Certified Public Accountant Association.
Dr. Chen joined New China Life Insurance Company Ltd. (新華人壽保險股份有限公司) (a company listed on the Stock Exchange, stock code: 1336) in April 2010 and served as the chief financial officer. He was subsequently appointed as the vice president and chief financial officer of New China Life Insurance Company Ltd. in July 2011. From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Chen served as a director of Sinofert Holdings Limited (中化化肥控股有限公司) (a company listed on the Stock Exchange, stock code: 297). He was a director of Sinochem International Corporation (中化國際 (控股) 股份有限公司) (a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, stock code: 600500) from 2000 to 2010. Dr. Chen also served as the chief financial officer of Sinochem Group (中國中化集團公司) from December 2000 to April 2010, general manager of the finance department of Sinochem Group from June 1999 to December 2000, deputy chief financial officer of Sinochem Group from February 1999 to June 1999, vice president of China International United Petroleum and Chemicals Co., Ltd. (中國國際石油化工聯合公司) from May 1997 to February 1999, vice director of the finance department of Sinochem Group from January 1995 to May 1997, general manager of the petroleum accounting department of Sinochem Group from March 1994 to January 1995, financial manager of its U.S. agrichemical subsidiary (中國中化集團公司美國農化公司) from July 1991 to March 1994. Prior to this, Dr. Chen served as deputy chief financial officer of Hino Company (香港鑫隆有限公司) in Hong Kong from July 1988 to July 1991 and was an assistant professor at Xiamen University from July 1984 to March 1985.
Mr. Gao Yu is the independent non-executive director of the Company and joined the Company in July 2007. He is currently the managing director of the Private Equity Division of Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, and he primarily focuses on private equity investment activities in China. He is a non-executive director of Sparkle Roll Group Ltd (耀萊集團有限公司) which is listed on the main board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, he worked in Citigroup's Investment Banking Division in Asia for about five years. Mr. Gao had also worked in Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc's Capital Markets Group in New York. Mr. Gao graduated from Stanford University with a Master's degree in engineering economic systems and operations research as well as from Tsinghua University (清華大學) in Beijing with dual Bachelors' degrees in engineering and economics.
Mr. Liu Xiaosong is the independent non-executive director of the Company and joined the Company in March 2019. Mr. Liu has diversified experience in the technology, media and telecommunications industry. He is one of the co-founders of Tencent Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Stock Exchange") (Stock Code: 00700.HK). In 2004, Mr. Liu was admitted to the Shenzhen Experts Working Union. Mr. Liu was appointed as the vice president of the Copyright Union of the Internet Society of China and the Copyright Society of China in August 2007 and September 2007 respectively. He is also the vice president of the Shenzhen Hi-tech Association. He is currently an executive director, the chairman and the chief executive officer of A8 New Media Group Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 00800.HK). Mr. Liu graduated from Hunan University in the PRC in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1987, Mr. Liu graduated from China Electric Power Research Institute in the PRC with a Master's degree in Engineering. In 1991, he studied at Tsinghua University as a PhD research student