BOARD – EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Mr. Zhanbin Niu, joined the Group in August 2019 as an executive Director, the Chairman of the Board, the chairman of the Nomination Committee and the member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company. Mr. Niu is also a chief operating officer of Zhongzhi Enterprise Group Co., Ltd. Zhongzhi Enterprise Group Co., Ltd. is a company directly or indirectly held as to 76% by Mr. Xie Zhikun. Mr. Xie Zhikun is the controlling shareholder of the Company.
Mr. Niu worked in the Office of the Cyberspace Administration of China (國家互聯網信息辦公室) from 2014 to 2017. He worked in China Internet Network Information Centre (中國互聯網絡信息中心) from December 2017 to July 2019. He had participated in a number of major research projects and has extensive management experience in the fields including network infrastructure, information and communication technology, digital economy and fund investment in the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’). Mr. Niu has been paying close attention to the development of the internet industry in the PRC for a long time and has a thorough thought on the development prospect of the industry. He has established good relationships with well-known experts and scholars, famous internet companies and major news media. Mr. Niu obtained a bachelor of laws degree from Renmin University of China in 1996 and a master of laws degree from China University of Political Science and Law in 2012.
Mr. Jiang Yulin, joined ZZCI in March 2020 as an executive Director and chief executive officer of the Company.
Mr. Jiang is currently the independent non-executive director, chairman of nomination committee and member of remuneration and evaluation committee of Haitong UniTrust International Leasing Co., Ltd. (a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”), stock code: 01905). He is also the independent director of Anhui Zhonghuan Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd. (a company listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange, stock code: 300692). Mr. Jiang served as executive director, chairman of the board and member of nomination committee of China Tian Yuan Healthcare Group Limited (a company listed on the Stock Exchange, stock code: 00577) from August 2016 to March 2020. Mr. Jiang has over 30 years of banking experience and has extensive experience in financing, investment and management. Mr. Jiang had worked for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (“ICBC”) for more than 30 years from 1985 to 2016. Since 2015, Mr. Jiang was the board chairman of ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICBC, and held concurrent posts as the board chairman of ICBC (Moscow) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICBC, and a non-executive director, chairman of risk management committee and member of the audit committee of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited. Mr. Jiang had resigned with ICBC in 2016. From 2002 to 2005, he also served as an independent supervisor of Maanshan Iron & Steel Company Limited, one of the largest iron and steel producers and marketers in the People’s Republic of China, which is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (stock code: 600808) and the Stock Exchange (stock code: 00323). Mr. Jiang holds a doctorate degree in Economics from Wuhan University. He is a registered accountant and was qualified as a senior economist issued by the Appraisal and Approval Committee for Professional and Technical Competence of ICBC. Mr. Jiang has published several journals and certain books in relation to the banking industry and risk prevention.
Mr. WU Hui, joined the Group in November 2018 as the chief operating officer and has been appointed as an executive Director, the compliance officer, and an authorized representative of the Company since August 2019. He is the legal representative of 深圳前海卓亞股權投資基金管理有限公司 (Asian Capital (Qianhai) Investment Management Limited), a subsidiary of the Company, and also holds several directorships in certain other subsidiaries of the Company.
Mr. Wu has over 10 years of experience in internal control and management of financial corporates. He has worked in Zhongzhi Capital Management Company Limited (‘‘Zhongzhi Capital’’) since 2016 and is currently holding the post of its supervisor. He is also the supervisor of 常州京江資本管理有限公司 (Changzhou Jingjiang Capital Management Company Limited*) (‘‘Changzhou Jingjiang’’) and 西藏康邦勝博企業管理有限公司 (Tibet Kangbang Shengbo Business Management Company Limited*) (‘‘Tibet Kangbang’’). Zhongzhi Capital, Changzhou Jingjiang and Tibet Kangbang are controlling shareholders of the Company. Mr. Wu obtained a master of management degree from the Central University of Finance and Economics in 2008.
BOARD – INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
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.
Mr. Longgen Zhang, joined the Group in January 2018 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. Zhang is currently a director of JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (stock code: JKS), a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (‘‘NYSE’’). Before that, from September 2008 to September 2014, he was the chief financial officer and director of JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. From February 2006 to August 2008, he worked in Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (stock code: XIN), a company listed on NYSE as the chief financial officer and director. Mr. Zhang has extensive financial expertise and financial management experience. He has served as an independent director in various listed companies, including, among others, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited (a company listed on the NYSE, stock code: MY), China Fordoo Holdings Limited (a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, stock code: 02399) and CCS Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd. (a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, stock code: 600180). Mr. Zhang holds a master’s degree in professional accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from West Texas A&M University. He was qualified as a certified public accountant and was granted such certificate by the State Board of Public Accounting of the State of Texas in the United States in August 1995. He obtained his membership from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in July 2002.
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.