Mr. Sheng Chen, also known as Josh Sheng Chen, is one of our co-founders and has served as the executive chairman of our Board since the incorporation of the Company. He has been our chief executive officer since our inception to October 2015. Mr. Chen has been instrumental to the development and success of our business. Mr. Chen provides vision, overall management, and strategic decision-making relating to marketing, investment planning, and corporate development. Mr. Chen has more than 20 years’ experience in the internet infrastructure industry in China and started his entrepreneur career in 1990 when he was a sophomore at Tsinghua University. Mr. Chen founded our business in May 1996 and started the first carrier-neutral data center in China in July 1999. Mr. Chen currently also serves as a director of Cloud Tech Services Limited and Yipu Chain Network (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. Mr. Chen received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University in 1991. Mr. Chen is a member of the Tsinghua Entrepreneur and Executive Club and a managing director of the Internet Society of China.
Mr. Yoshihisa Ueno has served as our Director since October 2010. Mr. Ueno is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist with operations and industrial expertise in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China and over 35 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 and 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 May 2015 and Catalyst Group Limited (Exicon Limited) from March 2015. Mr. Ueno has also served as director of Beyondsoft Corporation (a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, stock code: 2649), from September 2005 to March 2010, CDS GS Japan Ltd. (a joint venture with CDC Corp) from June 2011 to April 2012, and Insource (HK) Ltd. (a JV with Insource Co., Ltd. (a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, stock code: 6200)) from December 2011 to September 2014. 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 U.S. from March 2006 to July 2007. Mr. Ueno also served as the chief executive officer at Cycolor, Inc., in the U.S. from September 1998 to June 2003, until Cycolor, Inc. 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. Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai has served as our Director since October 2012. Mr. Tai is a prominent figure in the Taiwanese technology sector with over 40 years of industry experience with leading technology and hardware companies in Taiwan and the U.S. Mr. Tai co-founded Acer Computer 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 founded Investar Capital, a venture capital firm focusing on IT companies. Mr. Tai is now serving as chairman of Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association (PIDA), a non-profit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and chairman of Digitimes Incorporated, the only technology-focused newspaper in Taiwan. Currently, Mr. Tai serves on the board of directors of several public companies in Taiwan and Singapore, including Global Testing Corporation (a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, SGX: G31), Asustek Computer Inc. (a company listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, stock code: 2357), Chief Telecom Corporation (a company listed on Taipei Exchange, stock code: 6561), and Wafer Works Corporation (a company listed on Taipei Exchange, stock code: 6182). Mr. Tai also serves on the board of directors of several private companies, including Jasper Display 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. Sean Shao has served as our Director since August 2015. Mr. Shao also serves as independent director and chairman of the audit committee for UTStarcom Holdings Corp. (a company listed on Nasdaq, Nasdaq: UTSI) since October 2012, and China Biologic Products, Inc. (a company listed on Nasdaq, Nasdaq: CBPO) since July 2008. He served as chief financial officer and a board member of Trina Solar Limited from 2006 to 2008 and from 2015 to 2017, respectively. Mr. Shao was also an independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Luckin Coffee Inc. from May 2019 through July 2020 and was re-appointed as an independent director of Luckin Coffee Inc. in September 2020. He was also the chairman of a special committee of the board which investigated accounting improprieties at Luckin Coffee Inc during 2020. In addition, Mr. Shao served as chief financial officer of ChinaEdu Corporation and 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 received his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1988 and his bachelor’s degree in arts from East China Normal University in 1982. Mr. Shao is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. See also ‘‘Risk Factors—Our directors and employees may face claims and lawsuits as a result of their position in other companies, which may also harm our reputation’’ for further information on certain pending litigation involving some of the U.S. listed companies of which Mr. Shao is an independent director.
Mr. Erhfei Liu has served as our Director since May 2015. Mr. Liu also serves as independent director for QingLing Motors (Group) Co., Ltd. (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, stock code: 1122), Jiangxi Copper Corporation (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, stock code: 358), and Frontage Holdings Corporation (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, stock code: 1521), . Mr. Liu has served as CEO of Asia Investment Fund (AIF), a private equity investment fund, since 2018, and co-founder and director of Cindat Capital Management Limited (Cindat), a global restate investment platform, from 2013 to 2017. Mr. Liu has remained in his position as a director at Cindat, but no longer participates in the day to day operations since 2018. From 1999 to 2012, Mr. Liu served as Chairman of Merrill Lynch China and then Country Executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 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 his bachelor’s degrees from Brandeis University and Beijing Foreign Languages University.
Mr. Changqing Ye has served as our Director since August 2022. Mr. Ye has served as an independent director of Baozun Inc. (a company listed on Nasdaq) since May 2016 and Niu Technologies (a company listed on Nasdaq) since October 2018. Mr. Ye has also served as an independent non-executive director of Luzhou Bank Co., Ltd. (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) since December 2018, Ascentage Pharma Group International (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) since June 2019, Jinxin Fertility Group Limited (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) since June 2019 and Hygeia Healthcare Holdings Co., Limited (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) since September 2019. From February 2011 to December 2015, Mr. Ye served as an investment committee member, group chief financial officer and a managing director of CITICPE Group. Prior to that, Mr. Ye worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP from April 1993 to January 2011. Mr. Ye received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and a master’s degree in business administration from Warwick University in the United Kingdom. Mr. Ye is a certified public accountant in China.