Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jinbo Yao is 58.com’s Founder and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since its inception. Mr. Yao is a pioneer in China’s internet industry. Prior to founding the Company, in 2000, Mr. Yao founded domain.cn, a domain name transaction and value-added service website in China. After domain.cn was acquired by net.cn in September 2000, Mr. Yao served in various managerial roles at net.cn including Vice President of Sales until 2005. Mr. Yao currently serves on the board of directors of Xueda Education Group, a company he co-founded and listed on the NYSE. Mr. Yao received bachelor’s degrees in computer science and chemistry from Ocean University of China (formerly known as Ocean University of Qingdao) in 1999.
Mr. Frank Lin has served as 58.com’s Director since March 2010. Mr. Lin is a general partner of DCM, a technology venture capital firm. Prior to joining DCM in 2006, Mr. Lin was Chief Operating Officer for SINA Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed company. He co-founded sina.com’s precursor company, SinaNet, in 1995 and later guided the company through its listing on Nasdaq. Prior to founding SinaNet, Mr. Lin was a consultant at Ernst & Young Management Consulting Group. He had also held various marketing, engineering and managerial positions at Octel Communication Inc. and NYNEX. Mr. Lin currently serves on the board of directors of numerous companies invested by DCM, including Vipshop Holdings Limited, a NYSE-listed company. Mr. Lin received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.
Mr. Herman Yu has served as an independent director since the listing of the Company. Mr. Yu currently serves as chief financial officer of SINA Corporation (SINA), which is listed on NASDAQ, a position he has held since August 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Yu served as SINA's acting chief financial officer from May 2006 to August 2007 and vice president and corporate controller from September 2004 to May 2006. Prior to joining SINA, Mr. Yu worked at Adobe Systems from January 1999 to September 2004, initially as chief auditor and then as corporate marketing controller. Mr. Yu also held various finance and accounting management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and VeriFone, Inc. Mr. Yu began his career with Arthur Andersen and is a California Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Yu is currently a director of NASDAQ-listed Mecox Lane Ltd. Mr. Yu holds a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Mr. Chi (Eric) Zhang has served as our director and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of our board of directors since November 2015. From 2006 to May 2016, Mr. Zhang served as a managing director of Carlyle where he focused on Asia buyout opportunities. Mr. Zhang also serves as Co-Chairman of Crystal Orange Hotel Group and as Vice Chairman of Plateno Group Holdings (previously 7 Days Group Holdings Limited), and is a member of the board of directors of SouFun Holdings Limited, a NYSE-listed company, China Reading Group Limited, AnNeng Logistics Group, Kaiyuan Hotel Group, and New Century Asset Management Co. Ltd. Before joining Carlyle, Mr. Zhang was a vice president in the M&A group at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was a vice president of the investment banking department at China International Capital Corporate Limited (CICC) in Beijing where he worked for six years. Mr. Zhang received his master’s degree in economics from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China.
Mr. Wu currently serves as a Senior Executive Vice President at Tencent. Mr. Wu joined Tencent in 1999 to lead development and product planning for Tencent's core product QQ instant messaging. He served successively as Project Manager for QQ's research and development team, General Manager for IM Products, and General Manager for internet business division. Mr. Wu was promoted to Senior Vice President of Internet Services Division and Chief Executive Officer of Tencent E-Commerce Holdings Limited. Mr. Wu has extensive experience in product research and development, product planning, product operation and marketing of Internet business. Mr. Wu received a Bachelor of Science degree in weather dynamics from Nanjing University in 1996 and an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 2008.