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WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of August 2022
Commission File Number: 001-35126
VNET Group, Inc.
Guanjie Building, Southeast
10# Jiuxianqiao East Road
The People’s Republic of China
(Address of principal executive office)
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Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 6-K is hereby incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement on Form F-3 of VNET Group, Inc. (File No. 333-240044) and shall form a part thereof from the date on which this Current Report is furnished, to the extent not superseded by documents or reports subsequently filed or furnished.
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|VNET Group, Inc.|
|By||/s/ Tim Chen|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
Date: August 9, 2022
VNET Announces Changes to Board and Committees Composition
BEIJING, August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- VNET Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) (“VNET” or the “Company”), a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, today announced that its board of directors (the “Board”) has appointed Mr. Changqing Ye as a new director of the Company and a member of the audit committee of the Board, effective August 9, 2022. The Board has reviewed the independence of Mr. Ye and determined that he satisfies the “independence” requirements under Rule 10A-3 of the United States Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 5605 of the Nasdaq Stock Market Rules.
Mr. Changqing 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.
In addition, the Company announced the following changes to the committees of the Board:
|·||The Board appointed Mr. Sheng Chen as a member of the compensation committee of the Board and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the Board.|
|·||The Board also approved that Mr. Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai will no longer serve as a member of the audit committee of the Board and Mr. Erhfei Liu will no longer serve as a member of the compensation committee of the Board. Both Mr. Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai and Mr. Erhfei Liu will continue serving as directors of the Company.|
|·||These changes to the committees of the Board became effective August 9, 2022. The following table sets forth the composition of the committees of the Board immediately following the appointment of the new director and the changes to the committee members.|
|Audit Committee||Compensation Committee||Nominating and Corporate|
|Chairperson||Sean Shao||Yoshihisa Ueno||Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai|
Kenneth Chung-Hou Tai
VNET Group, Inc. is a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. VNET provides hosting and related services, including IDC services, cloud services, and business VPN services to improve the reliability, security, and speed of its customers’ internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and equipment in VNET’s data centers and connect to China's internet backbone. VNET operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of over 6,500 hosting and related enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.
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