BOARD – EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Ms. Di Duan, joined the Group in May 2016 as Chairman and Executive Director of ZZ Capital International Limited. She is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Ms. Duan is also a director of Dragon Legend Investments Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZZCI.
Ms. Duan has, since 2011, worked at Zhongzhi Capital Management Company Limited (“Zhongzhi Capital Management”) and now serves as an Executive Director. She is also the partner’s appointed representative at Shenzhen Qianhai Zhongzhi Jinhui Investment Management Partnership Enterprise (Limited Partnership) (“Shenzhen Zhongzhi”) and a director of each of Zhongzhi Capital (HK) Company Limited (“Zhongzhi Capital (HK)”) and Jinhui Capital Company Limited (“Jinhui”). Jinhui, Zhongzhi Capital (HK), Shenzhen Zhongzhi and Zhongzhi Capital Management are the current controlling shareholders of ZZCI. She obtained a bachelor of commerce degree in finance and accounting in 2008 and a master of commerce degree in finance and marketing in 2009 from the University of Sydney, Australia respectively.
Mr. Michael Min Cho, joined the Group in May 2016 as Partner, CEO and Executive Director of ZZCI. He is also a director of Dragon Legend Investments Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZZCI.
Prior to joining ZZCI, he served as the Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Qatar Investment Authority (“QIA”) in Doha from 2013 to 2016. Prior to QIA, Mr. Cho worked for nearly 19 years with Merrill Lynch, where he started his career in New York, and rose to become Managing Director and Head of Asia Mergers & Acquisitions based in Hong Kong.He received a BSc in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., graduating magna cum laude.
Mr. Jianfeng Peter Chen, joined the Group in April 2016 as CFO of Dragon Legend Investments Limited ("Dragon Legend"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZZCI, and was subsequently appointed as a director of Dragon Legend with effect in May 2016. He was appointed as a Partner and Executive Director of ZZCI in 2016.
Prior to joining ZZCI, Mr. Chen served at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Asia Inc. as a Senior Principal in the Private Investments team and as director, Head of Business Development, Asia. He previously worked at Bain Capital Advisors based in Shanghai and at GE. Mr. Chen currently serves as a non-executive director of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and serves as Chapter Networking Officer of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Pan Asia Chapter. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Rhym Yun Zhang, joined the Group in June 2016 as Executive Director of ZZ Capital International. She has worked at Zhongzhi since 2012 and now serves as its supervisor. Prior to that, Rhym served as the deputy director of risk management department in Chongqing Liangjiang Financial Development Co., Ltd and as a lawyer in Beijing Guofeng Kevin law firm. Rhym has nearly 10 years of experience in law and investment management. She is experienced in capital market transactions and cross-border M&A.
Rhym is also the legal representative and director of both 常州京江资本管理有限公司 (Changzhou Jingjiang Capital Management Company Limited*) (“Changzhou Jingjiang”) and Kang Bang Qi Hui (HK) Company Limited (“Kang Bang”) and a legal representative of 常州康邦齐辉投资中心 (有限合伙) (Changzhou Kangbang Qihui Investment Center (Limited Partner)*) (”Changzhou Kangbang”). Kang Bang and Changzhou Kangbang are substantial shareholders of ZZCI, and Changzhou Jingjiang and Zhongzhi Capital are controlling shareholders of the Company. Rhym graduated with Master of Law in City University of Hong Kong and holds the Chinese Certificate of Legal Professional Qualification.
* For identification purpose only
BOARD – INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Mr. Edouard Merette, joined the Group in June 2016 as an independent non-executive director of ZZ Capital International. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Merette was the managing director for Asia Pacific at the Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (“CDPQ”) until May 2016, a Canadian pension fund with AUM of CA$240 billion as at 31 December 2015, for developing and monitoring its investments in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining CDPQ in 2014, Mr. Merette was the chief executive officer, Asia Pacific for Aon Hewitt, a fully owned subsidiary of Aon Corporation. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt in 2007, Mr. Merette was the President for Asia-Pacific for Mercer, a fully owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Mr. Merette worked for Mercer for more than 20 years. He was a member of its global management committee and oversaw operations in Asia Pacific (2005-2007), Europe (2000-2005), Asia (1996-2000) and Canada (1986-1996). Mr. Merette also lectured Risk Theory and Demography at the University of Montreal and Laval University in the early 1980’s. He graduated from Laval University with a BSc in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences in 1984 and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in the United States and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Mr. Stephen Markscheid, joined ZZCI in June 2016 as an independent non-executive director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.
Mr. Markscheid is a partner at Wilton Partners, a Shanghai based boutique investment bank. He currently serves as a non-executive director of ChinaCast Education Corporation and as an independent director of CNinsure Inc., Jinko Solar Inc. and. ChinaCast Education trades Over-The-Counter and CNinsure is listed on NASDAQ , while Jinko Solar and China Ming Yang Wind Power are both NYSE-listed. He also served as independent director of China Integrated Energy Corporation between 2011-2014 (a company previously listed on NASDAQ) and China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited (a company previously listed on NYSE). He is also a trustee of Princeton-in-Asia. From 1998-2006, Mr. Markscheid worked for GE Capital (“GE”). During his time with GE, Mr. Markscheid led GE's business development activities in China and Asia Pacific, primarily acquisitions and direct investments. Prior to GE, Mr. Markscheid worked with the Boston Consulting Group throughout Asia. He was a commercial banker for ten years in London, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing with Chase Manhattan Bank and First National Bank of Chicago and has years of professional experience in the financial services industries. He obtained a BA from Princeton University in 1976, an MA in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University in 1980, and an MBA from Columbia University in 1991, where he was class valedictorian.
Mr. Weidong Zhang, joined the group in July 2016 as an independent non-executive director of ZZ Capital International Limited, and is a member of each of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Mr. Zhang is currently executive director of OP Financial Investments Limited (Stock Code: 01140), a company whose shares are listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (the “Stock Exchange”). He is also the general manager of Jin Dou Development Fund, L.P., a joint venture investee of China Investment Corporation and OP Financial Investments Limited, and a partner of Oriental Patron Financial Group primarily responsible for private equity investments. Mr. Zhang has over 13 years of experience in the operation and management of commercial banking, during which he worked in the international business department of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (“ICBC”) with his final position as deputy general manager of department, including 3 years in ICBC’s Almaty Branch, where he was in charge of treasury, credit lending and office operations. Furthermore, Mr. Zhang has 11 years of investment banking experience, having served as executive director of ICEA Finance Group (the investment banking arm of ICBC) and managing director of Alpha Alliance Finance Holdings, responsible for corporate finance and the sales department. He is also an independent non-executive Director of Tianjin Port Development Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 03382) whose shares are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange. Mr. Zhang holds a Master’s degree from Renmin University in Economics, a Programme for Management Development diploma from Harvard Business School and held a fellowship at Columbia University in New York.
Ms. Juanna Chan, joined the Group in 2016 as company secretary of ZZ Capital International. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a Company Secretary of companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. She obtained a Higher Certificate in Company Secretaryship and Administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an MBA from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Ms. Chan is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators respectively.