Board of Directors
Mr. Michael M YuFounder, ChairmanMr. Michael Minhong Yu is the founder of our company and has served as the chairman of our board of directors since 2001. He was also our chief executive officer from 2001 to September 2016. Mr. Yu also serves as the chairman and non-executive director of our majority-owned subsidiary Koolearn Technology Holding Limited (HKEX: 1797), a leading online provider of extracurricular education services in China listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, vice chairman of the Beijing Young Entrepreneurs Association and vice chairman of the Committee of Education of the Central Committee of the China Democratic League. Mr. Yu served as a director of Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) from August 2017 (and an independent director from March 2018) to June 2019. Prior to founding our first school in 1993, Mr. Yu was an English instructor at Peking University from 1985 and 1991. Mr. Yu received his bachelor’s degree in English from Peking University.
Mr. Chenggang ZhouChief Executive OfficerMr. Chenggang Zhou has served as our director since November 2010 and chief executive officer since September 2016. Mr. Zhou joined New Oriental in 2000 and has held multiple positions in our company since then, including president, executive president for domestic business, executive vice president, vice president and president of Beijing and Shanghai New Oriental Schools.
Prior to joining us, Mr. Zhou was a correspondent for the Asia Pacific region and a program host at BBC. Mr. Zhou received his bachelor’s degree in English from Suzhou University in China and his master’s degree in communications from Macquarie University, Australia.
Mr. Louis HsiehDirector and Senior AdvisorMr. Louis Hsieh has served as our director since March 2007 and senior advisor since January 2016. From May 2009 to January 2016, Mr. Hsieh served as our president, and from December 2005 to April 2015, he served as our chief financial officer. Mr. Hsieh served as the chief financial officer of NIO Inc. (NYSE: NIO), an NYSE-listed electronic vehicle company in China, from May 2017 to October 2019. Mr. Hsieh also serves as an independent director of JD.com Inc. (Nasdaq: JD; HKEX: 9618), a leading technology driven e-commerce company in China listed on Nasdaq and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and an independent director of Yum China Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: YUMC; HKEX: 9987), a restaurant company in China listed on the NYSE and Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prior to joining us in 2005, Mr. Hsieh was the chief financial officer of ARIO Data Networks, Inc. in San Jose, California from 2004 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Hsieh was a managing director for the private equity firm of Darby Asia Investors (HK) Limited from 2002 to 2003. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Hsieh was the managing director and the Asia-Pacific tech/media/telecoms head of UBS Capital Asia Pacific, the private equity division of UBS AG. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Hsieh was a technology investment banker at JP Morgan in San Francisco, California, where he was a vice president, and Credit Suisse First Boston in Palo Alto, California, where he was an associate. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Hsieh was a corporate and securities attorney at White & Case LLP in Los Angeles.
Mr. Hsieh holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University, an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School, and a J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Denny LeeDirectorMr. Denny Lee has served as our independent director since September 2006. Mr. Lee has served as a director of NetEase, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES; HKEX: 9999), formerly known as Netease.com, Inc., a leading internet technology company in China listed on Nasdaq and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, since April 2002. He was the chief financial officer of NetEase.com, Inc. from April 2002 to June 2007 and its financial controller from November 2001 to April 2002. Prior to joining NetEase.com, Inc. in 2001, Mr. Lee worked in the Hong Kong office of KPMG for more than ten years. Mr. Lee currently serves as the chairman of the audit committees and an independent non-executive director on the boards of Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM), Jianpu Technology Inc. (NYSE: JT) and NIO Inc. (NYSE: NIO), which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and as an independent non-executive director on the board of China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (HKEX: 1636), which is listed on the main board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Mr. Lee graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University majoring in accounting and is a member of The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Dr. John Zhuang YangDirectorDr. John Zhuang Yang has served as our independent director since August 2007. Dr. Yang currently serves as a professor of management at National School of Development of Peking University and the academic director of the Doctor of Professional Services in Business (DPS) Program at National School of Development of Peking University.
Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. degree in business administration from Columbia University, a master’s degree in sociology from Columbia University, a master’s degree in international and public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree from the English Language and Literature Department of Peking University.
Mr. Robin LiDirectorMr. Robin Yanhong Li has served as our independent director since September 2006. Mr. Li is a co-founder of Baidu, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), or Baidu, a leading search engine, knowledge and information centered Internet platform and AI company in China listed on Nasdaq. Mr. Li has served as the chairman of the board of directors of Baidu since its inception in January 2000 and as its chief executive officer since February 2004. He served as the president of Baidu from February 2000 to December 2003. Prior to founding Baidu, Mr. Li worked as an engineer at Infoseek, a pioneer in the search industry, and as a senior consultant for IDD Information Services. Mr. Li currently serves on the board of Trip.com Group Limited, a leading one-stop travel service provider in China listed on Nasdaq (Nasdaq: TCOM).
Mr. Li received a bachelor’s degree in information science from Peking University and a master’s degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.