Mr. Guo Wei, aged 55, is the Chairman and an Executive Director of the Company and is responsible for the strategic development and management of the Group. Mr. Guo had been the Vice Chairman, the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company since February 2001 and was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of the Company in December 2007. He is also a Director of certain subsidiaries and associates of the Company. Mr. Guo obtained a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Science (formerly known as Graduate School of the University of Science and Technology of China) in 1988. He joined the Legend group in 1988 and was once an Executive Director and Senior Vice President. Mr. Guo was awarded such major prizes included China’s Top Ten Outstanding Youths (2002), 求是傑出青年成果轉化獎 (Practical and Outstanding Youth of Achievement) (2002) by the China Association for Science and Technology, China’s Top Ten Outstanding Youths in Technology Innovation (1998), Future Economic Leader of China (2003), and the First Annual China Young Entrepreneurs Creative Management Golden Honour (2005). He was also selected as the 50 Most Powerful Businesspeople in China by Fortune Magazine (Chinese version) in 2011 and 2012.
Mr. Guo is currently the Chairman of Digital China Information Service Company Ltd. and the Chairman and Acting President of Digital China Group Co., Ltd. (formerly known as Shenzhen Shenxin Taifeng Group Co., Ltd.) (all listed on The Shenzhen Stock Exchange). In addition, he is a Director of Kosalaki Investments Limited which is a substantial shareholder of the Company within the meaning of Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance and is also a director of Value Global Investments Limited. Mr. Guo was a Non-executive Director of HC International, Inc. (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited), an Independent Director of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd. (listed on The Shanghai Stock Exchange), a Director of DigiWin Software Co., Ltd. (listed on the ChiNext of The Shenzhen Stock Exchange) and an Independent Non-executive Director of China Southern Airlines Company Limited (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, The Shanghai Stock Exchange and The New York Stock Exchange). Besides, Mr. Guo is currently a member of the 4th Advisory Committee for State Informatization. He was a Standing Committee Member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the Chairman of Beijing Informatization Association and the Chairman of the 6th Council of China Non-Governmental Science Technology Entrepreneurs Association. He has over 30 years of experience in business strategy development and business management.
Mr. Lin Yang, aged 51, has been an Executive Director of the Company since 21 February 2001. Mr. Lin was the Chief Executive Officer of the Group from April 2011 to June 2018. He is also a Director of certain subsidiaries of the Company. Mr. Lin graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computing Communications from the Xidian University and in 2005 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Mr. Lin is currently the Vice Chairman of Digital China Information Service Company Ltd. (listed on The Shenzhen Stock Exchange). He was previously the Executive Vice President and the President of the Group and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Group in April 2011. He joined the Legend group in 1990 and has over 27 years of management experience in distribution business. Mr. Lin was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the IT Channel Elite Panel in 2001 and recognised as the Most Influential Figure in IT Distribution of 20 Years in 2005. In 2013, he was also selected as one of the Leaders of the Year 2012 of the China Information Industry and Top-10 Annual Icons of the Year 2012 of Zhongguancun. Besides, Mr. Lin was the Director of IT Channel Profession Council, under the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology).
Mr. WONG Man Chung, Francis, aged 53, is an Independent Nonexecutive Director of the Company. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management conferred by Guangzhou Jinan University, the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Wong is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and The Society of Chinese Accountants and Auditors, and a Certified Tax Advisor of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Practising) and has over 30 years of experience in auditing, taxation, corporate internal control and governance, acquisition and financial advisory, corporate restructuring and liquidation, family trust and wealth management. Mr. Wong joined the Company in August 2006. Previously, Mr. Wong worked for KPMG, an international accounting firm, for 6 years and the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited for 2 years. Mr. Wong has the appropriate professional qualifications, accounting and related financial management expertise as required under Rule 3.10 of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
Mr. Wong is currently an Independent Non-executive Director, the Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee as well as a member of the Nomination Committee of China Oriental Group Company Limited (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited); an Independent Non-executive Director, the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee of Wai Kee Holdings Limited, Integrated Waste Solutions Group Holdings Limited and Greenheart Group Limited (all listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited); an Independent Non-executive Director and a member of the Strategy and Investment Committee of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited); an Independent Non-executive Director, the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee of Hilong Holding Limited (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited); Independent Non-executive Director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Kunming Dianchi Water Treatment Co., Ltd. (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited); and Independent Non-executive Director, the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee of China New Higher Education Group Limited (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited). With effect from 3 April 2018, Mr. Wong was redesignated as a Non-executive Chairman and Non-executive Director of Union Alpha C.P.A. Limited (who was the Managing Director) and Union Alpha CAAP Certified Public Accountants Limited (who was a Director), both being professional accounting firms, in order to devote more time on his role of independent non-executive directors of listed companies and charity works. Mr. Wong is a Founding Director and member of Francis M C Wong Charitable Foundation Limited, a charitable institution.
Ms. NI Hong (Hope), aged 45, is an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company. Ms. Ni received her J.D. Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University. Ms. Ni joined the Company in September 2010. Currently, Ms. Ni is an Executive Director and the Chief Investment Officer of Cogobuy Group (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited). Ms. Ni has been the Chairman of Inspire Capital since 2009. From August 2004 to January 2008, Ms. Ni served as the Chief Financial Officer and Director for Viewtran Group, Inc. (“Viewtran”), and subsequently served as its Vice Chairman until early 2009. Prior to joining Viewtran, Ms. Ni spent six years as a Practicing Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and Hong Kong, specializing in corporate finance. Prior to that, Ms. Ni worked at Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division in New York.
Ms. Ni is currently serving as an Independent Director and acting as the Chairman of the Audit Committee as well as a member of the Compensation and Nomination Committee at JA Solar Holdings, Co. Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed company (NASDAQ: JASO) and an Independent Director, the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee of ATA Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company (NASDAQ: ATAI). Ms. Ni is a Director of ATA Online (Beijing) Education Technology Co., Ltd. (delisted from the National Equities Exchange and Quotations System of China (also known as the New Third Board) on 11 October 2017). Ms. Ni was an Independent Director at KongZhong Corporation, a formerly NASDAQ-listed company (NASDAQ: KZ).
Dr. LIU Yun, John, aged 54, has been an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company since 25 March 2014. Dr. Liu currently is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wanda Internet Technology Group. He was an Independent Non-Executive Director of ARM Holdings Plc. (listed on the London Stock Exchange) from December 2014 to September 2016. He was also a Senior Vice President of Greater China Field Division of Conservation International from June 2016 to September 2016. He was the Chief Business Officer of Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. from January 2014 to August 2015. Prior to that, he held senior positions in various renowned companies in the communication or networking or software arena as follows: Corporate Vice President and Head of Greater China of Google Inc. from 2008 to 2013; Chief Executive Officer, China Operations of SK Telecom Co., Ltd. from 2002 to 2007; General Manager, Greater China of FreeMarkets Inc. from 2000 to 2002; Chief Executive Officer, China Operations of SITA Communication from 1999 to 2000; General Manager, Telecommunication Group of The Lion Group from 1997 to 1999 and Country Director, Greater China of Singapore Telecommunications Limited from 1994 to 1997.
Dr. Liu graduated from Beijing Normal University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics in 1983 and obtained his Ph.D in Telecommunications Network Management from Technical University of Denmark in 1997. In 2011, Dr. Liu undertook a Senior Executive Program of Harvard Business School.
Ms. YAN Xiaoyan, aged 66, was appointed as an Independent Nonexecutive Director of the Company with effect from 27 May 2014. Ms. Yan has served in the financial sector for about 40 years. She has taken up senior positions at The People’s Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and served as a Director and a Vice President of Bank of Beijing (listed on The Shanghai Stock Exchange) since 1996 and appointed as the President and the Vice Chairperson since 2002 and 2010 respectively. Ms. Yan was also the President of the 6th Executive Committee of Beijing Banking Association. She was also the Chairperson of Bank of Beijing Consumer Finance Company, an Advisor to The People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, the Vice President of the Listed Companies Association of Beijing, the Assistant Secretary General of the China Volunteer Service Federation and the Vice Director General and Secretary General of the China Volunteer Service Foundation. Ms. Yan is a female financial entrepreneur with outstanding acumen and leadership rarely seen in the banking sector.
Ms. Yan is a senior economist, holding a Master’s Degree in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and a Master’s Degree in Management from Xiamen University. She is a tutor to graduate students and visiting professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics, a school-level part-time professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University and an instructor at the post-doctorate research station of Bank of Beijing.
Prof. LAI Daniel, BBS, JP, aged 69, was appointed as an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from 15 October 2015. He is a seasoned Information Technology professional with over 40 years' experience in Hong Kong, Mainland, and Australia. He is a graduate of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ("PolyU") and Griffith University with a Master's Degree in Technology Management. He is a Distinguished Fellow of Hong Kong Computer Society, a Fellow of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and a Fellow of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Prof. Lai is a director of Digital Technology and Consultancy Company Limited. He has been appointed as Professor of Practice (Computing) in the Department of Computing, PolyU for the period of 19 September 2015 to 18 September 2017. He was also the Interim Vice President (Administration) of PolyU from 19 March 2015 until 18 September 2015. Mr. Lai was the Government Chief Information Officer of the Hong Kong SAR Government (the "Government") from January 2012 to January 2015. Prior to joining the Government, Mr. Lai was the Head of Information Technology ("IT") at MTR Corporation Limited from 1999 to 2011 and held senior managerial positions in IT field at The Hong Kong Jockey Club in Hong Kong and Australia between 1978 and 1999.
Prof. Lai was an independent non-executive director of Tradelink Electronic Commerce Limited (listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited) from 20 May 2011 to 1 January 2012. He was also a director and an alternate director of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (wholly-owned by the Government) respectively, and a director of Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited, Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited, E-Business Solutions Limited, Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency and Pearl River Delta IT Cooperation and Exchange Centre.
Prof. Lai contributed significantly in promoting the application of IT in Hong Kong and the region. He has held many positions in public services and higher education institutions including President of Hong Kong Computer Society, President of Asian Pacific Information and Communications Technology Confederation, Chairman of PolyU’s Department of Computing Advisory Committee, Chairman of Computer Science Departmental Advisory Committee of City University of Hong Kong, and also Adjunct Professor of the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Zhongshan Institute of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
In recognition of his contribution to the development and promotion of IT, Prof. Lai was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2004. He was appointed a Justice of Peace in 2001. He has received numerous local, regional and international awards for his achievements.
Mr. PENG, aged 31, serves as the general manager assistant of Guangzhou City Investment Co., Ltd., the chairman and general manager of Guangzhou City Investment Micro Loan Co., Ltd., and the supervisor of Guangzhou City Jiapeng Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd.. Mr. PENG received a Bachelor’s Degree in literature from Guangzhou University in 2008 and received a Master’s Degree in business administration from Guangdong University of Finance and Economics in 2017.
Mr. PENG has served several large listed financial institutions and state-owned conglomerates, and has had nearly 10 years’ experience on financial investment and financing experience since 2008. During the period, he was responsible for bank credit, trade finance, international business and corporate financial investment. He has established several companies to invest in funds, finance lease, small loans, urban infrastructure construction and investment operation management, as well as the development of emerging industries. In recent years, he has focused on financial investment and financing, participated in the establishment of big data funds and construction funds, and participated in the relevant investment projects of the group’s smart cities.
Mr. YU, aged 46, currently serves as the General Manager of Guangzhou Environment Energy CCI Capital Ltd. (‘‘GEE’’), the Chairman of Guangzhou Wisdom City Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. (a joint venture of the Company and GEE), a director of Guangzhou Chengtou Runze Technology Co., Ltd., and the Legal Representative and General Manager of Guangzhou Wisdom Shipping Marketing Data Services Ltd., and is also a member of the Investment Committee of GZ Investment Group. Mr. YU graduated from Northeastern University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and graduated from Jinan University in 2003 with MBA Degree. He obtained architect qualification in 2000.
Mr. YU had worked at several large state-owned enterprises and multinational joint ventures. During the period, he was responsible for the formation of companies, port shipping, urban infrastructure construction and investment operation and management, as well as the development of new industries and other business. In recent years, mainly focused on the wisdom city and big data business. He was the Commercial Manager of Business Development Department at Guangzhou Container Terminal Co., Ltd. from 2001 to 2003. He was the Manager of Investment Management Department, Plan Purchasing and Contract Management Department and Business Management Department at Guangzhou University City Investment & Management Co., Ltd. from 2003 to 2010.
Mr. King William, aged 52, was a partner at Egon Zehnder International (Shanghai) Company Limited, a leading executive search firm, from January 2007 to May 2016. Prior to that, Mr. King held several leadership roles with some of the global technology companies as follows: Chief Operating Officer at eBay China from April 2005 to November 2006, General Manager of AT&T Greater China from August 2002 to April 2005, Director of Telecommunications and Media at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), Hong Kong from September 2001 to April 2002, Head of Corporate Planning and Development at Hong Kong Telecom and PCCW from September 1999 to September 2001; Senior Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton from 1995 to September 1999 and Senior Systems Consultant with IBM Corporation in the US from February 1988 to July 1993. Mr. King received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and MBA with Finance major from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.