Larry is our founder and has served as our director, chairman and chief executive officer since our inception in 2006. Prior to founding our company, among others, Mr. Wu served as the general manager of a vocational education and online education company, New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU and SEHK: 9901), from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Wu received his MBA degree from Yale University in 2002 and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical manufacturing from Beijing Union University in 1994.
Xin Wan has served as our director since November 2020 and as our chief technology officer since 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Wan served as the vice president of the education business unit of Aspire Company of China Mobile from 2010 to 2014 and as channel operation center manager and director in Oriental Standard (Beijing) Talent Service Co., Ltd. from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Wan received his master’s degree in software engineering in 2007 and his bachelor’s degree in software engineering in 2004 from Tsinghua University, and his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and English from Dalian University of Technology in 2002.
Frank Lin has served as our director since November 2006. Mr. Lin is a general partner of DCM, a technology venture capital firm and one of our principal shareholders. Prior to joining DCM in 2006, Mr. Lin was the chief operating officer of SINA Corporation (Nasdaq: SINA). He co-founded SINA’s predecessor, SinaNet, in 1995 and later helped guiding SINA through its listing on Nasdaq. Prior to founding SinaNet, Mr. Lin was a consultant at Ernst & Young Management Consulting Group. Mr. Lin currently serves on the board of directors of numerous DCM portfolio companies, including Tuniu Corporation (Nasdaq: TOUR) and Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS), as well as China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) and Kuaishou Technology (HKSE: 1024). Mr. Lin received his MBA degree from Stanford University in 1993 and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Dartmouth College in 1988.
Zhiwu Chen has served as our independent director since August 2022. He is an independent director at Noah Holdings (NYSE: NOAH) since December 2013 and an independent director at Bairong Inc. (HKEX: 6608) since March 2021. Professor Chen has been a faculty member at the University of Hong Kong since 2016 and currently serves as director of the Asia Global Institute and Victor and William Fung Professor in Economics at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Chen was formerly a professor of finance at Yale University from 1999 to 2017. Professor Chen was on the board of directors at PetroChina Company Limited (HKEX: 857, SHSE: 601857, NYSE: PTR) from May 2011 to June 2017, Bank of Communications (SHSE:601328) from November 2010 to August 2018, and IDG Energy Investment Ltd (HKEX: 650) from July 2015 to October 2018. Professor Chen received his PhD in financial economics from Yale University in 1990, his master’s degree in computer science from Changsha Institute of Technology in 1986 and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Central-South University in 1983.
Binghe Guo has served as our independent director since August 2022. Mr. Guo served as our director from April 2017 to February 2022. Mr. Guo is currently the vice chairman, a member of strategy and investment committee and the authorized representative of Red Star Macalline Group Corporation Ltd. (HKSE: 1528 and SSE: 601828), parent of one of our principal shareholders, and serves on its board of directors. In Red Star Macalline Group Corporation Ltd., Mr. Guo is primarily responsible for its capital market, legal compliance, corporate governance, internal control, investor relations and information disclosure, in addition to the fund management and intellectual properties investment. Prior to joining Red Star Macalline Group Corporation Ltd. in 2007, Mr. Guo worked in Skyone Securities Co., Ltd. from March 2004 to October 2005 and Shenyin & Wanguo Securities Co., Ltd. from July 2001 to March 2004. Mr. Guo received his master’s degree in economics from Fudan University in 2001 and his executive MBA degree from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in 2013.
Thomas Liu has served as our independent director since August 2022. Since August 2020, Mr. Liu has served as president of Prologis, Greater China Region, with full responsibilities of operations, business development, capital deployment, venture capital investment, and mergers and acquisitions. From 2014 to 2020, Mr. Liu was the head of Wanda Capital, overseeing capital deployment, strategic acquisition, fund raising and risk management for Dalian Wanda Group, a cross-industry multinational conglomerate. Prior to Wanda Capital, Mr. Liu took leadership roles at Honeywell Greater China, Lear Corporation, China and Johnson Controls in the U.S. Mr. Liu received his executive MBA degree, with a focus in finance and investment, from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in China in 2013, his Master of Science degree in systems design engineering from University of Waterloo in 1992 and his Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Kettering University in 1989.