Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Yan Tang is Momo’s co-founder and has served as director and chief executive officer since the Company’s inception in July 2011. Mr. Tang was appointed to be the chairman of the board of directors in November 2014. Prior to founding our company, from 2003 to 2011, Mr. Tang worked at NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES), or NetEase, initially as editor and later editor-in-chief. Mr. Tang was named by Fortune Magazine as one of its “40 Under 40,” a list of the most powerful, influential and important business elites under the age of 40, in October 2014. Mr. Tang received his bachelor’s of science degree from Chengdu University of Technology in China in 2000.
Co-Founder and Director
Mr. Yong Li is Momo’s co-founder and has served as a director since April 2012. Mr. Li founded Fenbi Inc. (Cayman), a provider of online education services, in May 2011, and has been a board director since then. In April 2012, he founded Beijing Jingguanyu Technology Co., Ltd., a software service company, and has been its chief executive officer since then. From May 2005 to May 2010, Mr. Li was the editor-in-chief and vice president at NetEase, and then the vice president at NetEase and president of NetEase career portal business unit. Between February 2001 and May 2005, Mr. Li served as an executive editor, executive editor-in-chief and then general manager of Global Entrepreneur, a Chinese magazine. Mr. Li is also a director of two privately held companies. Mr. Li received his MBA degree from Peking University in 2004 and bachelor’s degree in law from Renmin University in China in 1996.
Director and President of U.S. Operations
Ms. Sichuan Zhang has served as a director since April 2012 and president of U.S. operations since June 2014. Ms. Zhang joined the company in July 2011 and was responsible for product design, then marketing strategies and executions. Prior to joining Momo, from June 2009 to February 2011, she co-founded 4 Degrees Motion Design, an advertising design firm. She was an art director of Modern Media, a Chinese media company, from January 2009 to May 2009, a senior designer of Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) from January 2008 to January 2009, and a web designer at NetEase from March 2006 to April 2007. Ms. Zhang received her bachelor’s degree in South China Normal University in 2005. Ms. Zhang is the wife of Mr. Yan Tang.
|David Ying Zhang|
Mr. David Ying Zhang has served as Momo’s director since April 2012. Mr. Zhang is a founding managing partner of Matrix Partners China, where he oversees all of the venture capital investment firm’s operations. Mr. Zhang is currently also a director of Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE: CMCM) and iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KANG). In 2002, Mr. Zhang established and has since expanded WI Harper Group’s Beijing operations and co-managed its China portfolios. Prior to joining WI Harper Group, Mr. Zhang worked at Salomon Smith Barney, where he was responsible for analyzing, structuring and marketing companies in the internet, software and semiconductor sectors. Before then, Mr. Zhang worked at ABN AMRO Capital as a senior venture associate. Mr. Zhang received Master of Science degree in biotechnology and business from Northwestern University in 1999 and Bachelor of Science degree in clinical science with minor in chemistry from California State University in 1997.
|Joseph C. Tsai|
Mr. Joseph C. Tsai has been our director since February 2016. Mr. Tsai joined Alibaba Group in 1999 as a member of its founding team and has served as Alibaba Group’s executive vice chairman since May 2013. He has been a non-executive director of Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited since September 2015. Mr. Tsai previously served as Alibaba Group’s chief financial officer and has been a member of Alibaba Group’s board of directors since its formation. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Tsai worked in Hong Kong with Investor AB, the main investment vehicle of Sweden’s Wallenberg family, where he was responsible for Asian private equity investments. Prior to that, Mr. Tsai was vice president and general counsel of Rosecliff, Inc., a management buyout firm based in New York. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Tsai was an associate attorney in the tax group of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a New York-based international law firm. Mr. Tsai serves on the boards of directors of several of Alibaba Group’s investee companies. Mr. Tsai is qualified to practice law in the State of New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and East Asian studies from Yale College and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School.
|Neil Nanpeng Shen|
Mr. Neil Nanpeng Shen has served as Momo’s director since May 2014. Mr. Shen is the founding managing partner of Sequoia Capital China. Mr. Shen is a co-founder and director of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTRP), or Ctrip, a leading online travel services provider in China. Mr. Shen served as the chief financial officer of Ctrip from 2000 to October 2005 and as president from August 2003 to October 2005. Mr. Shen also co-founded Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc (NASDAQ: HMIN), or Home Inns, a leading economy hotel chain in China. Prior to founding Ctrip and Home Inns, Mr. Shen had worked for more than eight years in the investment banking industry in New York and Hong Kong. Currently, Mr. Shen is the co-chairman of Home Inns, a non-executive director of E-House (China) Holdings Limited (NYSE: EJ), a non-executive director of Le Gaga Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: GAGA), as well as a director of Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE: QIHU). Mr. Shen received his master’s degree from the Yale University in 1992 and his bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1988.
Mr. Feng Yu has served as Momo’s director since May 2014. Mr. Yu is the co-founder and chairman of Yunfeng Capital, a private equity fund established in 2010. Between 2006 and 2008, Mr. Yu was the co-chairman and president of Focus Media Holding Limited, which was previously listed on NASDAQ. Prior to that, in 2003, Mr. Yu founded Shanghai Target Media Co., Ltd., which operated out-of-home television advertising network, and served as its chief executive officer. Mr. Yu currently is also a director of Huayi Brothers Media Group, a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 300027) and Media Asia Group Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 8075). Mr. Yu is also an independent director of ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. and Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co., Ltd. listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 600246). Mr. Yu received an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School in 2001, master’s degree in philosophy from Fudan University in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the same university in 1986.
|Benson Bing Chung Tam|
Mr. Benson Bing Chung Tam has served as Momo’s independent director since the Company’s IPO. Mr. Tam is a chartered accountant. He is the founder and chairman of Venturous Group, a global CEO network based in Beijing. From 2002 to February 2012, Mr. Tam was a partner and head of technology investments at Fidelity Growth Partners Asia (formerly named Fidelity Asia Ventures). Prior to joining Fidelity Growth Partners Asia, Mr. Tam was a partner of Electra Partners Asia from 1998 to 2002, and was the founding director of Hellman & Friedman Asia from 1992 to 1998. Mr. Tam worked in M&A corporate finance at S.G. Warburg from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Tam is currently a director of several privately held companies. Mr. Tam received his master’s degree in computer science from Oxford University in 1986 and his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Imperial College of London University in 1984.
|Dave Daqing Qi|
Dr. Dave Daqing Qi has served as Momo’s independent director since the Company’s IPO. Dr. Qi is a professor of accounting and the former associate dean of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. He began teaching at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in 2002 and was the founding director of the Executive MBA program. Prior to that, Dr. Qi was an associate professor at the School of Accounting of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Qi also serves as director of the following public companies: Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU), iKang Healthcare Group (NASDAQ: KANG), BONA Film Group Limited (NASDAQ: BONA) and Honghua Group Limited (Hong Kong Stock Exchange). He received his Ph.D. degree in accounting from the Eli Broad Graduate School of management of Michigan State University in 1996, MBA degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992 and Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Fudan University in 1985 and 1987, respectively. Dr. Qi is currently a member of the American Accounting Association.