Board of Directors
Charles Chao has served as our Chairman of the board of directors since our inception. He has served as the director of our parent, SINA, since March 2021 and has served as Chairman of the board of directors of SINA from August 2012 to March 2021. He has been SINA’s Chief Executive Officer since May 2006. He served as SINA’s President from September 2005 to February 2013, Chief Financial Officer from February 2001 to May 2006, Co-Chief Operating Officer from July 2004 to September 2005. Prior to joining SINA, Mr. Chao served as an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Prior to that, Mr. Chao was a news correspondent at Shanghai Media Group. Mr. Chao is currently a director of Leju Holdings Ltd., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company (NYSE: LEJU) providing online-to-offline (O2O) real estate services in China. Mr. Chao holds a B.A. in Journalism from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, an M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Yan Wang has served as our independent director since May 2021. Previously, he had served as a director of SINA since May 2003, including as SINA’s Vice Chairman of the board and Chairman of the board from May 2006 to August 2012 and as an independent director of SINA from August 2012 to March 2021. Before that, he served as SINA’s Chief Executive Officer from May 2003 to May 2006, its President from June 2001 to May 2003, its General Manager of China operations from September 1999 to May 2001 and as its Executive Deputy General Manager for production and business development in China from April 1999 to August 1999. In April 1996, Mr. Wang founded the SRSnet.com division of Beijing Stone Rich Sight Limited (currently known as Beijing SINA Information Technology Co., Ltd.), one of SINA’s subsidiaries. From April 1996 to April 1999, Mr. Wang served as the head of our SRS Internet Group. Mr. Wang has also served as the independent non-executive director, the Chairman of the remuneration committee, the member of the audit committee and the nomination committee of a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed company, Viva China Holdings Limited, since July 2017. Mr. Wang holds a B.A. in Law and Master in International Relations from the University of Paris II.