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Chairman and Executive director
Mr. Yang Yuanqing
Mr. Zhu Linan
Mr. Zhao John Huan
Independent Non-executive directors
Dr. Tian Suning
Mr. Nicholas C. Allen
Mr. Nobuyuki Idei
Mr. William O. Grabe
Mr. William Tudor Brown
Ms. Ma Xuezheng
Mr. Yang Chih-Yuan Jerry
Chairman and Executive director
Mr. Yang Yuanqing, 50, is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and an executive director of the Company. He is also a director and a shareholder of Sureinvest Holdings Limited which holds interests in the issued shares of the Company. Mr. Yang assumed the duties of chief executive officer on February 5, 2009. Prior to that, he was the chairman of the Board from April 30, 2005. Before taking up the office as chairman, Mr. Yang was the chief executive officer and has been an executive director since December 16, 1997.
Mr. Yang has more than 27 years of experience in the field of computers. Under his leadership, Lenovo has been China’s bestselling PC brand since 1997 and is currently the world’s No. 1 PC vendor and the third-largest company in smartphone, tablet and x86 server markets. Mr. Yang holds a Master’s degree from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Science and Technology of China. Mr. Yang is also a guest professor at the University of Science and Technology of China; a member of the New York Stock Exchange’s International Advisory Committee and a member of the International Advisory Council of Brookings Institute.
Mr. Zhu Linan, 52, has been a non-executive director of the Company since April 30, 2005. Mr. Zhu graduated with a master’s degree in electronic engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and has more than 20 years of management experience. He was previously a senior vice president of the Group. Mr. Zhu is currently a director and president and member of executive committee of Legend Holdings Corporation, a company holding substantial interests in issued shares of the Company and he also serve as director of its various members. He is a non-executive director of CAR Inc. (HKSE listed). He was previously a non-executive director of Peak Sport Products Co., Limited (HKSE listed) and a director of Foshan Saturday Shoes Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen Stock Exchange listed).
Mr. Zhao John Huan, 52, has been a non-executive director of the Company since November 3, 2011. Mr. Zhao holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, dual master’s degrees in electric engineering and physics from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Nanjing University. He is currently an executive director, executive vice president and member of executive committee of Legend Holdings Corporation, a company having substantial interests in the issued shares of the Company and the president of Hony Capital Limited.
Besides, he currently holds the following directorship: an executive director of CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Limited and non-executive director and the chairman of China Glass Holdings Limited (all HKSE listed) and the deputy chairman of Shanghai Chengtou Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Stock Exchange listed) and a director of Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (formerly listed on NYSE).
Mr. Zhao was previously a director of Jiangsu Phoenix Publishing & Media Corporation Limited (Shanghai Stock Exchange listed), an independent director of Fiat Industrial S.P.A. (MTA Italian Stock Exchange listed), the non-executive director of Wumart Stores, Inc., New China Life Insurance Company Ltd. and Chinasoft International Limited (all HKSE listed).
Independent Non-executive directors
Dr. Tian Suning, 51, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since August 2, 2007. He is the founder and chairman of a Chinese focused private equity fund China Broadband Capital Partners, L.P.. He is currently an independent non-executive director of MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE listed) and Taikang Life Insurance Company Ltd. In addition, he is a non-executive director of China Jiuhao Health Industry Corporation Limited (HKSE listed). He held various senior positions in China Netcom Group Corporation (Hong Kong) Ltd. (formerly listed on HKSE and NYSE) from 2000 to 2007 and was a vice chairman of PCCW Ltd. (HKSE listed) between 2005 and 2007. From 1993 till 1999, he was co-founder and chief executive officer of AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (formerly listed on NASDAQ) of which he is now a board member. Dr. Tian holds a Ph.D. in natural resource management from Texas Tech University and a M.S. degree in ecology from Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Nicholas C. Allen, 60, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since November 6, 2009. Mr. Allen received a bachelor of arts degree in economics/social studies from Manchester University, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Allen has extensive experience in accounting and auditing and was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers until his retirement in June 2007. Mr. Allen is also an independent non-executive director of CLP Holdings Limited, Hysan Development Company Limited (both HKSE listed) and VinaLand Limited (London Stock Exchange AIM listed) and Texon International Group Limited.
Mr. Nobuyuki Idei, 77, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since September 28, 2011. Mr. Idei is the founder and chief executive officer of Quantum Leaps Corporation, an executive advisory company. Until retiring in June 2005, for more than a decade, Mr. Idei held a wide variety of leadership positions at Sony Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange, Osaka Securities Exchange, NYSE and London Stock Exchange listed), including chairman and group chief executive officer. He was also the chairman of Sony’s advisory board from June 2005 to June 2012.
Mr. Idei currently serves on the boards of directors of Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ listed), FreeBit Co., Ltd. and Monex Group, Inc. (both Tokyo Stock Exchange listed). Mr. Idei is also chairman of the National Conference on Fostering Beautiful Forests in Japan. Mr. Idei holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Waseda University in Tokyo.
He has served on the boards of directors of Nestlé S.A., Electrolux, General Motors Company and Accenture plc and also served in a number of other advisory positions including as counselor to the Bank of Japan, vice chairman of Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) and chairman of the IT Strategy Council, an advisory committee to Japan’s Prime Minister.
Mr. William O. Grabe, 77, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since February 8, 2012 and was appointed as the lead independent director of the Company on May 23, 2013. Before that, he was a non-executive director of the Company since May 17, 2005. Mr. Grabe is currently a director of the following listed companies: Gartner Inc. (NYSE listed), Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ listed) and QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE listed). He was previously an independent director of Compuware Corporation. Mr. Grabe is an advisory director of General Atlantic LLC. He formerly served as a managing director of General Atlantic and has been associated with General Atlantic Group since 1992. Prior to that, he served as a corporate vice president and officer of IBM.
Mr. William Tudor Brown, 56, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since January 30, 2013. Mr. Brown is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MA (Cantab) Degree in electrical sciences from Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on June 15, 2013.
Mr. Brown was one of the founders of ARM Holdings plc (London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listed). During the years with ARM, he held a broad range of leadership positions including engineering director, chief technical officer, executive vice president for global development, chief operating officer and president. He had responsibility for developing high-level relationships with industry partners and governmental agencies and for regional development. He also served as a director of ARM from October 2001 to May 3, 2012. Before joining ARM, he was the principal engineer at Acorn Computers Ltd., working exclusively on the ARM research & development programme since 1984.
Mr. Brown is currently an independent non-executive director of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ listed), Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (NYSE and HKSE listed) and P2i Limited. He was a non-executive director and a senior independent director of ANT plc (London Stock Exchange listed) until his retirement from these positions in February 2013. He also served on the UK Government Asia Task Force until May 2012.
Ms. Ma Xuezheng, 62, was re-designated as an independent non-executive director of the Company on November 7, 2013. Prior to that, she was a non-executive Vice Chairman of the Company since 2007. Before becoming a non-executive director, she was an executive director and the chief financial officer of the Company at different times between 1997 and 2007 and held directorship in various subsidiaries of the Company. She is currently chairman of Boyu Capital Advisory Company Limited and a non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission following her resignation from the Main Board and GEM Listing Committees of the HKSE on November 14, 2013. In addition, she is also a non-executive director of STELUX Holdings International Limited (HKSE listed), Unilever N.V. (NYSE and Euronext Amsterdam listed) and Unilever PLC (NYSE and London Stock Exchange listed). She was formerly a non-executive director of Wumart Stores, Inc. (HKSE listed) and an independent non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. Ms. Ma holds a bachelor of arts degree from Capital Normal University.
Mr. Yang Chih-Yuan Jerry, 46, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since November 6, 2014. Prior to that, he was the board observer of the Company since February 20, 2013. He holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree of science in electrical engineering from Stanford University and currently serves on the board of trustees of Stanford University.
Mr. Yang co-founded Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ listed) and served as its chief executive officer from June 2007 to January 2009. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Yahoo! Inc. until January 17, 2012. During such appointment, Mr. Yang focused on corporate strategy and technology vision. Mr. Yang was also instrumental in building strategic business partnerships, international joint ventures and recruiting key talent.
Mr. Yang also served as a director of Yahoo! Japan Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange listed) from January 1996 to January 2012, an independent director of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ listed) from July 2000 to November 2012 and a director of Alibaba Group Holding Limited from October 2005 to January 2012. Mr. Yang is currently an independent director of Workday Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (all NYSE listed).
Updated: May 21, 2015