Board of Directors

Mr. Josh Sheng Chen
Executive Chairman
Josh Sheng Chen
Mr. Josh Sheng Chen is the co-founder and chairman of 21Vianet Group, Inc. Since founding the company in 1999 as CEO through 2015, Josh Sheng Chen grew China’s first carrier-neutral data center to becoming the largest service provider of carrier-neutral data centers in China, operating over 80 distributed data centers in more than 30 cities throughout China. Mr. Josh Sheng Chen led 21Vianet to its initial public offering on NASDAQ in 2011.
In 2016, Mr. Chen established WiFire Group providing an innovative network solution using the blockchain protocol to provide a unique digital ID system to ultra-connected smart cities. Combining IDC with blockchain will usher in a new generation of strategically relevant and innovation-driven data centers. 
Mr. Chen is the deputy general director of the China Energy Internet Alliance (CEIA), the deputy general director of Tsinghua University’s Institute of Internet Industry, the deputy general director of the Energy Internet Research Institute of Tsinghua University, and the general director of the Zhongguancun Block chain Industrial Alliance. In 2017, Mr. Chen won the annual award for being one of the Top 10 Leaders in Chinese Integration of Industrialization and Informatization. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Electric Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1991.
 


Mr. Steve Zhenqing Zhang
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Zhenqing Zhang

Mr. Steve Zhang has served as the CEO of 21Vianet from October, 2015. Prior to joining 21Vianet, Mr. Zhang served as the President and CEO of AsiaInfo, China's largest provider of IT solutions and services in the telecommunications industry, for nine years from 2005 to 2014. In 2012, Mr. Zhang was named one of the 25 hottest business leaders in Asia by Fortune Magazine. He also led AsiaInfo through a successful privatization process from the NASDAQ market. Mr. Zhang joined AsiaInfo in 1999 and held various senior level positions before becoming President and CEO. Prior to AsiaInfo, Mr. Zhang worked for ten years in various IT companies in Silicon Valley, including Sun Microsystems and Hyperion Solutions. Mr. Zhang received his master's degree in computer science from Rice University, his dottore's degree in information science from the University of Pisa, and his bachelor's degree in science from Tsinghua University.



Mr. Yoshihisa Ueno
Director

Mr. Yoshihisa Ueno has served as our director since October 2010. Our board of directors has determined that Mr. Ueno satisfies the independence standards under Rule 5605 of NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. Mr. Ueno is a serial entrepreneur & venture capitalist with operation & industrial expertise in the US, Europe, Japan and China and over 32 years of incubation investment experience in emerging technology startups. Mr. Ueno has been our lead investor and board member of several of our affiliated companies since 2006. Mr. Ueno has been the founding partner of Synapse Company Limited & Synapse Partners Limited since December 2002, Synapse Holdings Limited since October 2013 and SMC Synapse Partners Limited from December 2010 to September 2015. Mr. Ueno has also been a director of several start-up portfolios such as Hivelocity Inc. from March 2015 and Catalyst Group Limited (Exicon Limited) from January 2015. Mr. Ueno has also served as director of BeyondSoft Group Holding Limited (SZSE: 2649) from September 2005 to May 2010, and CDS GS Japan Ltd. (a joint venture with CDC Corp. NASDAQ:CHINA) from June 2011 to April 2012. Mr. Ueno has managed several venture funds such as the Japan-China Bridge Fund from March 2005 to February 2011, Intellectual Property Bank (IPB) Partners Fund #1 in Japan from March 2006 to March 2010 and IPB Holding LLC in the United States from March 2006 to July 2007. Mr. Ueno also served as the chief executive officer at Cycolor, Inc., in the US from September 1998 to June 2003, until Cycolor was acquired by Eastman Kodak in early 2003. Mr. Ueno worked for Fujitec from April 1985 to May 1997 in various managerial capacities in Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Spain and Hong Kong. Mr. Ueno received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Takushoku University.



Mr. Sean Shao
Director

Mr. Sean Shao currently serves as (i) independent director and chairman of the audit committee of: 21Vianet Group, Inc., a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider listed on NASDAQ since August 2015; Jumei International Holding Ltd., an e-commerce company listed on NYSE since May 2014; LightInTheBox Holdings Co. Ltd., an e-commerce company listed on NYSE since June 2013 and UTStarcom Holdings Corp., a provider of broadband equipment and solutions listed on NASDAQ since October 2012, (ii) independent director and chairman of the audit and compensation committees of China Biologic Products, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company listed on NASDAQ since July 2008. 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. In addition, Mr. Shao served from 2004 to 2006 as the chief financial officer of ChinaEdu Corporation, an educational service provider, and of Watchdata Technologies Ltd., a Chinese security software company. Prior to that, Mr. Shao worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd. for approximately a decade. Mr. Shao received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1988 and his bachelor’s degree in art from East China Normal University in 1982. Mr. Shao is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  



Mr. Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai
Director

Mr. Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai has served as our independent director since October 2012. Mr. Tai is a prominent figure in the Taiwanese technology sector with over 35 years of industry experience with leading technology and hardware companies in Taiwan and the United States. Mr. Tai co-founded Acer Group in 1976, which has become one of the top five branded PC vendors in the world today, and held various managerial positions during his tenure. Later in his technology career, Mr. Tai also founded Investar Capital, a venture capital firm focusing on IT companies. Mr. Tai is now serving as chairman of Richtek Technology Corp, a world-leading power management IC design house listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange, and chairman of Digital Times, the only technology-focused newspaper in Taiwan. Currently, Mr. Tai serves on the board of directors for several public companies in Taiwan and Singapore, including D-Link Corporation (TPE: 2332), Fullerton Technology (TPE: 6136), Ares International Corporation (TPE: 2471), Global Testing Corporation (SGX: G31), and Wafer Works Corporation (TPE: 6182). Mr. Tai also serves on the board of directors from several private companies, including Chief Telecom Corporation, Jasper Display Corporation, Lumens Digital Optics Inc., and Evest Corporation. Mr. Tai received a master's degree in business administration from Tam Kang University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.



Mr. Erhfei Liu
Director

Mr. Erhfei Liu has served as our independent director since May 2015. From 1999 to 2012, Mr. Liu was Chairman of Merrill Lynch China initially and Country Executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch after 2009. In addition to his various investment banking responsibilities, he was also in charge of the firm’s private equity business in Greater

China from 2006 to 2010. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Liu worked as head of Asia or China for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney and Indosuez. Mr. Liu received an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s degrees from Brandeis University and from Beijing Foreign Languages University.



Mr. Wenbin Chen
Director

Mr. Chen currently serves as the Chairman and President of TusCity Group and Senior Vice President of Tus-Holdings Co., Ltd. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Editor of the People Rule of Law Magazine and as the Deputy Secretary-General of the China Behavior Law Association from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he worked as the Head of Capital Operations and Investor Relations at China Longyuan Power Group Co., Ltd and as a Director of the Board at Hainan Pearl River Holdings Co., Ltd. from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Chen was a division chief at the National Audit Office of the People’s Republic of China from 2001 to 2008, and taught at Beijing University of Technology from 1993 to 2001. Mr. Chen received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Peking University and his Doctorate’s degree in Finance from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics.



Mr. Tao Zou
Director

Mr. Tao Zou is currently the Chief Executive Officer and an executive director of Kingsoft Corporation Limited ("Kingsoft"), a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code:3888) and the Chief Executive Officer and one of the directors of Seasun Holdings Limited, overseeing the operations of Seasun Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries, including the research and development of online games, and the operations of the gaming business of Kingsoft and its subsidiaries ("Kingsoft Group"). Mr. Zou joined Kingsoft Group in 1998 and has taken various positions within the Kingsoft Group since then. Mr. Zou received a bachelor's degree from Tianjin Nankai University.



Committees

  Audit* Nominating and Governance Compensation*
Mr. Yoshihisa Ueno Independent Director Member of Audit Committee Member of Nominating and Governance Committee Committee Chair for Compensation Committee
Director

Mr. Yoshihisa Ueno has served as our director since October 2010. Our board of directors has determined that Mr. Ueno satisfies the independence standards under Rule 5605 of NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. Mr. Ueno is a serial entrepreneur & venture capitalist with operation & industrial expertise in the US, Europe, Japan and China and over 32 years of incubation investment experience in emerging technology startups. Mr. Ueno has been our lead investor and board member of several of our affiliated companies since 2006. Mr. Ueno has been the founding partner of Synapse Company Limited & Synapse Partners Limited since December 2002, Synapse Holdings Limited since October 2013 and SMC Synapse Partners Limited from December 2010 to September 2015. Mr. Ueno has also been a director of several start-up portfolios such as Hivelocity Inc. from March 2015 and Catalyst Group Limited (Exicon Limited) from January 2015. Mr. Ueno has also served as director of BeyondSoft Group Holding Limited (SZSE: 2649) from September 2005 to May 2010, and CDS GS Japan Ltd. (a joint venture with CDC Corp. NASDAQ:CHINA) from June 2011 to April 2012. Mr. Ueno has managed several venture funds such as the Japan-China Bridge Fund from March 2005 to February 2011, Intellectual Property Bank (IPB) Partners Fund #1 in Japan from March 2006 to March 2010 and IPB Holding LLC in the United States from March 2006 to July 2007. Mr. Ueno also served as the chief executive officer at Cycolor, Inc., in the US from September 1998 to June 2003, until Cycolor was acquired by Eastman Kodak in early 2003. Mr. Ueno worked for Fujitec from April 1985 to May 1997 in various managerial capacities in Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Spain and Hong Kong. Mr. Ueno received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Takushoku University.


Mr. Sean Shao Independent Director Committee Chair for Audit Committee    
Director

Mr. Sean Shao currently serves as (i) independent director and chairman of the audit committee of: 21Vianet Group, Inc., a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider listed on NASDAQ since August 2015; Jumei International Holding Ltd., an e-commerce company listed on NYSE since May 2014; LightInTheBox Holdings Co. Ltd., an e-commerce company listed on NYSE since June 2013 and UTStarcom Holdings Corp., a provider of broadband equipment and solutions listed on NASDAQ since October 2012, (ii) independent director and chairman of the audit and compensation committees of China Biologic Products, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company listed on NASDAQ since July 2008. 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. In addition, Mr. Shao served from 2004 to 2006 as the chief financial officer of ChinaEdu Corporation, an educational service provider, and of Watchdata Technologies Ltd., a Chinese security software company. Prior to that, Mr. Shao worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd. for approximately a decade. Mr. Shao received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1988 and his bachelor’s degree in art from East China Normal University in 1982. Mr. Shao is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  


Mr. Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai Independent Director Member of Audit Committee Committee Chair for Nominating and Governance Committee Member of Compensation Committee
Director

Mr. Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai has served as our independent director since October 2012. Mr. Tai is a prominent figure in the Taiwanese technology sector with over 35 years of industry experience with leading technology and hardware companies in Taiwan and the United States. Mr. Tai co-founded Acer Group in 1976, which has become one of the top five branded PC vendors in the world today, and held various managerial positions during his tenure. Later in his technology career, Mr. Tai also founded Investar Capital, a venture capital firm focusing on IT companies. Mr. Tai is now serving as chairman of Richtek Technology Corp, a world-leading power management IC design house listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange, and chairman of Digital Times, the only technology-focused newspaper in Taiwan. Currently, Mr. Tai serves on the board of directors for several public companies in Taiwan and Singapore, including D-Link Corporation (TPE: 2332), Fullerton Technology (TPE: 6136), Ares International Corporation (TPE: 2471), Global Testing Corporation (SGX: G31), and Wafer Works Corporation (TPE: 6182). Mr. Tai also serves on the board of directors from several private companies, including Chief Telecom Corporation, Jasper Display Corporation, Lumens Digital Optics Inc., and Evest Corporation. Mr. Tai received a master's degree in business administration from Tam Kang University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.


Mr. Erhfei Liu Independent Director     Member of Compensation Committee
Director

Mr. Erhfei Liu has served as our independent director since May 2015. From 1999 to 2012, Mr. Liu was Chairman of Merrill Lynch China initially and Country Executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch after 2009. In addition to his various investment banking responsibilities, he was also in charge of the firm’s private equity business in Greater

China from 2006 to 2010. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Liu worked as head of Asia or China for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney and Indosuez. Mr. Liu received an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s degrees from Brandeis University and from Beijing Foreign Languages University.


Committee Chair = Chair Committee Member = Member Independent Director = Independent Director