Board of Directors
Charles Zhengyao Lu has served as the chairman of our board of directors since June 2018. Mr. Lu founded CAR Inc. (HKEx: 699) in 2007 and he served as an executive director, the chairman of the board and the chief executive officer for CAR Inc. from 2014 to 2016, and is currently a non-executive director and the chairman of the board of CAR Inc. Mr. Lu is also the chairman of the board and the chief executive officer for UCAR Inc. (NEEQ: 838006), a substantial shareholder of CAR Inc. Mr. Lu obtained a bachelor’s degree majoring in industrial electric automation from the University of Science & Technology of Beijing in July 1991. He obtained an executive master of business administration degree from Peking University in July 2010.
Jenny Zhiya Qian has served as our director since August 2017 and our chief executive officer since November 2017. Ms. Qian served as a director and the chief operating officer for UCAR Inc. from 2016 to 2017, and served as an executive vice-president and the chief operating officer for CAR Inc. from 2014 to 2016. Ms. Qian obtained a bachelor’s degree majoring in industry and foreign trade from Wuhan Institute of Textile Science in June 1998. She obtained an executive master of business administration degree from Peking University in July 2012.
Jian Liu has served as our director since February 2019 and our chief operating officer since May 2018. Mr. Liu served as the head of yield management for UCAR Inc. from 2015 to 2018. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Liu served successively as the deputy head of vehicle management center and the head of yield management for CAR Inc. Mr. Liu obtained a bachelor’s degree majoring in labor and social security from the Central University of Finance and Economics in June 2005.
Dr. Jinyi Guo has served as our director since June 2018 and our senior vice president in charge of product and supply chain since October 2017. Dr. Guo served as the assistant to the chairman for UCAR Inc. from 2016 to 2017. He worked at Ministry of Transport from 2011 to 2016, and worked at China Academy of Transportation Sciences as a research assistant from 2009 to 2011. Dr. Guo obtained his master’s degree in July 2005 and a Ph.D. in July 2009 from Beijing Jiaotong University, majoring in transportation planning and management. Dr. Guo was a visiting scholar at the University of Leeds in 2008.
David Hui Li has served as our director since June 2018. Mr. Li is the founder and chief executive officer of Centurium Capital. Mr. Li has been a director of China Biologic Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBPO) since 2013 and served as the Chairman of the board of the company from 2018 to February 2019, and a director of Ane Logistics since December 2019. Mr. Li was an executive director and a managing director at Warburg Pincus Asia LLC from 2002 to 2016. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Li worked in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs from 2001 to 2002 and Morgan Stanley from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Li obtained a bachelor’s degree majoring in economics from Renmin University of China in July 1990 and a master’s degree majoring in business administration from Yale University School of Management in May 1994.
Erhai Liu has served as our director since November 2018. Mr. Liu is a founding and managing partner of Joy Capital. Before founding Joy Capital in 2015, Mr. Liu worked for Legend Capital from 2003 to 2015, where he served as a managing director and led the TMT and innovative consumption team. Mr. Liu has also served as a director of Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE: BITA) since 2005. Mr. Liu obtained a bachelor’s degree majoring in communication engineering from Guilin University of Electronic Technology in June 1990, a master’s degree majoring in communication and information system from Xidian University in March 1994, a master of business administration degree and a master’s degree majoring in global finance from Fordham University in May 2003 and September 2003, respectively, and a master’s degree majoring in psychology from Peking University in July 2011.
Sean Shao has served as our independent director since May 2019. Mr. Shao has served as an independent director and the chairman of the audit committee of 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) since 2015, Jumei International Holding Ltd. (NYSE: JMEI) since 2014, LightInTheBox Holdings Co. Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) since 2013, UTStarcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) since 2012 and China Biologic Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBPO) since 2008. Mr. Shao served as an independent director, the chairman of the compensation committee and the chairman of the corporate governance and nominating committee of Agria Corporation (NYSE: GRO) from 2008 to 2017, from 2008 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2017, respectively. He served as the chief financial officer and a board member of Trina Solar Limited from 2006 to 2008 and from 2015 to 2017, respectively. Mr. Shao also served as a director of Yongye International, Inc. from 2009 to 2014. In addition, Mr. Shao served as the chief financial officer of ChinaEdu Corporation, and of Watchdata Technologies Ltd from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Shao worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd. for approximately a decade. Mr. Shao obtained a bachelor’s degree in art from East China Normal University in 1982 and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1988. Mr. Shao is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Thomas P. Meier has served as our independent director since May 2019. Mr. Meier is currently serving as the chief executive officer of the Ricola Group since 2019. Mr. Meier served as the president and chief executive officer of Franke Coffee Systems from 2016 to March 2019. He previously worked for Lindt & Sprüngli as a managing director for the Asia-Pacific region and a vice president of sales for Switzerland from 2006 to 2016 and from 2003 to 2006, respectively. Mr. Meier obtained a master of business administration degree with focus on marketing, retailing and strategic management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland in September 1996.