Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Yong Suk Cho has been the chairman of our board and chief executive officer of our company since August 2022, and he served as co-chief executive officer of our company from January 2021 to August 2022 and a director of our company since March 2016. He has also been the chief executive officer of Puhui since March 2016. Mr. Cho has extensive experience in the consumer finance industry. Mr. Cho served as the vice president of portfolio management team of Citibank Korea and Thailand Inc. from July 1999 to March 2006, and senior vice president of marketing department of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Seoul Branch from April 2006 to September 2007. Mr. Cho subsequently joined Ping An where he held a number of management positions, including section chief, assistant general manager, deputy general manager and general manager of the credit guarantee insurance business department from October 2007 to February 2015, during which he was in charge of planning, finance and risk management business lines. Mr. Cho obtained his MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business in May 1999.
Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Gregory Dean Gibb has been the co-chief executive officer of our company since January 2021 and a director of our company since December 2014, and he served as our chief executive officer from March 2016 to January 2021. He has also been the legal representative of Shanghai Lufax since September 2011. Mr. Gibb has over 20 years of experience serving multinational and domestic companies in the finance and investment industry. Mr. Gibb served as the marketing assistant in Merrill Lynch International from July 1989 to December 1991, various positions at McKinsey & Company from January 1992 to September 2006, including as its global senior director, and subsequently the chief operating officer of Taishin Financial Holding Co., Ltd, a company listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2887), from September 2006 to May 2011. After that, Mr. Gibb joined Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China and served as the chief innovation officer from May 2011 to September 2013. Mr. Gibb obtained his bachelor of arts degree from Middlebury College in May 1989.
Mr. Yonglin Xie has been a director of the Company since August 2023. Mr. Xie is currently an executive director, the president and co-CEO of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd. (a company whose shares are dually listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (stock code: 601318) and the Stock Exchange (stock code: 2318) and one of the controlling shareholders of the Company) (“Ping An Insurance”) and the chairman of Ping An Bank Co., Ltd. (a company whose shares are listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code: 000001)) (“Ping An Bank”). Mr. Xie joined Ping An Insurance in 1994 and has been serving as a director of Ping An Insurance since April 2020. He was the deputy director of Ping An Insurance’s Strategic Development & Reform Center from June 2005 to March 2006. He held positions of the operations director, the human resources director, and a vice president of Ping An Bank from March 2006 to November 2013, and served as the special assistant to the chairman, the president and the CEO, and the chairman of Ping An Securities Co., Ltd. from November 2013 to November 2016 consecutively. He was a senior vice president of Ping An Insurance from September 2016 to December 2019. Previously, Mr. Xie served as the deputy general manager of sub-branches of Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, Ltd., the deputy general manager and then the general manager of branches of Ping An Life Insurance Company of China, Ltd. (“Ping An Life”), and the general manager of the marketing department of Ping An Life. Mr. Xie graduated from Nanjing University with a Ph.D. in Corporate Management and a Master of Science degree. .
Ms. Xin Fu has been a director of the Company since November 2022. Currently, she has been serving as the chief operating officer of Ping An Group since March 2022 and director of the strategic development center of Ping An Group since March 2020. She joined Ping An Group in October 2017 as general manager of its planning department, and served as deputy chief financial officer of Ping An Group between March 2020 and March 2022. Prior to joining Ping An Group, Ms. Fu worked in Roland Berger Enterprise Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd from August 2015 to October 2017, where she had years of experience in planning and implementing finance and fintech related projects. Ms. Fu has also been serving as a non-executive director of OneConnect Financial Technology Co., Ltd., a company listed on the NYSE (stock code: OCFT) and on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 6638), since November 2022. Ms. Fu obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in June 2012.
Mr. Yuqiang Huang has been a director of the Company since December 2022. Currently, he has been serving as a non-executive director of Ping An Leasing International Co., Ltd. since December 2022, a non-executive director of Ping An Real Estate Co., Ltd. since December 2022, and the general manager of audit and supervision department of Ping An Group since March 2023. Mr. Huang has over 18 years of experience in risk management of the financial industry. Mr. Huang held various positions at Shenzhen Development Bank (now merged with and renamed as Ping An Bank) from July 2004 to May 2021, including as manager of the economic capital and portfolio management office of the risk management department of the head office from April 2015 to December 2016, manager of the credit risk management office of the risk management department of the head office from December 2016 to September 2018, and deputy general manager and subsequently general manager of the asset monitoring department of the head office from September 2018 to May 2021. Mr. Huang obtained a bachelor’s degree in business management from Nanjing University in June 2004.
Mr. Rusheng Yang has been an independent director of the Company since July 2020. Mr. Yang currently is a partner at Jonten Certified Public Accountants and has also been an independent director of Ping An Bank, a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code: 000001), since February 2017, and an independent non-executive director of IPE Group Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 929), since June 2017. Mr. Yang has over 20 years of experience in the finance, audit and tax industries. Mr. Yang served as the senior manager at Shenzhen Yongming CPA Co., Ltd. from October 1994 to December 2000, partner at Shenzhen Guangshen Certified Public Accountants Firm from January 2001 to December 2004, managing partner at Shenzhen Youxin Certified Public Accountants Firm from January 2005 to July 2007, managing partner at Wanlong Asia CPA Co., Ltd. from August 2007 to September 2009, partner at Crowe Horwath China Certified Public Accountants Co., Ltd. from October 2009 to September 2013, and partner at Rui Hua Certified Public Accountants from October 2013 to December 2019. Mr. Yang has been a partner at Zhongtianyun Certified Public Accountants (Special General Partnership) since January 2020. Mr. Yang obtained his master’s degree in accounting from Jinan University in June 1993. Mr. Yang is a certified public accountant since January 1995 and is currently a certified tax agent in the PRC.
Mr. Weidong Li has been an independent director of our company since April 2018. Mr. Li has been an independent director of Shenzhen Yan Tian Port Holdings Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code: 000088), since June 2022, an independent non-executive director of Ocean Line Port Development Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 8502), since June 2018, an independent non-executive director of China Traditional Chinese Medicine Holdings Co. Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 00570), since February 2019, and Mr. Li had also been an independent director of Ping An Securities Co., Ltd. from September 2016 to November 2022, an independent director of AVIC Sanxin Co., Ltd. (currently known as Hainan Development Holdings Nanhai Co., Ltd.), a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code: 002163), from June 2018 to June 2020, an independent director of Shenzhen MYS Environmental Protection & Technology Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange(stock code: 002303), from September 2013 to November 2019, and an independent director of Netac Technology Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code: 300042), from February 2014 to February 2017, respectively. Mr. Li has extensive experience in corporate legal affairs. Mr. Li was a lawyer at Jiangsu Jingwei Law Firm (later known as Jiangsu Gaode Law Firm) from February 1994 to March 1997. Mr. Li obtained his bachelor’s degrees in mineral ore geochemistry and economic law from Nanjing University in July 1990 and July 1992, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in law from the City University of Hong Kong in November 2004. Mr. Li is currently a qualified lawyer in the PRC and a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong.
Mr. Xudong Zhang has been an independent director of the Company since April 2018. Mr. Zhang also served as an independent director of Ping An Securities Co., Ltd. From January 2017 to November 2022 and is an independent director of Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (stock code: 600988) since January 2022. Mr. Zhang is currently the chairman of Huakong Tsingjiao Information Science (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Mr. Zhang has extensive experiences in the financial services industry. Mr. Zhang served as a private placement service analyst in New England Financial from October 1990 to June 1994, a vice president in BankBoston, N.A. from July 1994 to September 1996, and a managing director of corporate finance department in Koch Industries, Inc. from September 1996 to July 1998. Mr. Zhang subsequently served as the managing director and head of China structured sales in global markets division of Deutsche Bank AG, Hong Kong Branch from March 2007 to August 2009, and the managing director of the fixed income, currency & commodities divisions of Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. from September 2009 to December 2012. He was the chairman of Sapinda Asia Pacific Holdings Limited from July 2014 to September 2016. Mr. Zhang obtained his master’s degree in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University (formerly known as New Hampshire College) in September 1990.
Mr. David Xianglin Li has been an independent director of the Company since January 2021. Mr. Li is currently a clinical professor and co-director (academic) of the master of finance program at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, and an vice president of Chinese Academy of Financial Research at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and deputy director of the China Academy of Financial Research. Mr. Li has extensive experience in the finance industry and is a recognized leader in credit derivatives research and risk management. Prior to his current position, Mr. Li served as the investment vice president in risk management at Prudential Financial from March 2016 to June 2017, and managing director and the head of risk management group at China International Capital Corporation Ltd. from June 2008 to February 2012. Mr. Li also has extensive research experiences in various financial institutions, including Citigroup, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, AXA Financial, RiskMetrics Group and Barclays Capital. Mr. Li obtained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Yangzhou Normal College (consolidated into and currently known as Yangzhou University) in July 1983, master’s degree in monetary banking from Nankai University in June 1987, MBA degree from Laval University in May 1991, and Ph.D. degree in statistics from the University of Waterloo in October 1995.