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Board of Directors

The following members make up the Cheetah Mobile Inc. Board of Directors.  Please select an individual member below to learn more about them and the committees they contribute to.


Sheng Fu

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Sheng Fu has been our Chairman of the Board since March 2018, and our chief executive officer and director of the Board since November 2010. Mr. Fu has also been a senior vice president of Kingsoft Corporation since March 2011. Since September 2009, Mr. Fu has been the chief executive officer and chairman of Conew Network. Prior to that, Mr. Fu was the vice president of Matrix Partners China from November 2008. Between November 2005 and August 2008, Mr. Fu worked at Qihoo 360 serving various management roles at its 360 department, a division then in charge of developing 360 products. From March 2003 to October 2005, Mr. Fu was the product manager of 3721 Internet Real Name and 3721 Internet Assistant. Mr. Fu received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Shandong Institute of Business and Technology in China in 1999.

Tao Zou

Director of the Board

Tao Zou has been our director since December 2016. Mr. Zou was appointed to be our director by Kingsoft Corporation Limited, at which he serves as an executive director and the chief executive officer. Mr. Zou also serves as a director of Seasun Holdings Limited, a director of Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET) and a director of 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET). Mr. Zou joined Kingsoft Corporation in 1998 serving various management roles. Mr. Zou graduated from Nankai University in 1997.


Jie Xiao

Director of the Board 

Jie Xiao has been our director of the Board since March 2018, and our senior vice president since November 2014, after having served as our vice president since October 2010. Ms. Xiao is in charge of business development, marketing, and commercial products. From 2008 to 2010, she was a senior manager at the enterprise marketing department of Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), focusing on public relations. Before that, she worked as a public relations director at Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd. and a communications manager for Yahoo! China. Ms. Xiao received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Renmin University in 1999.


Ning Zhang

Independent Director

Ning Zhang currently serves as the Founder and Chairman of Red Avenue Group. Red Avenue Group researches, produces, and invests in new materials through three business units: Red Avenue New Materials Group, Red Avenue Investment Group, and Red Avenue Foundation.


Yun Zhang

Independent Director

Mr. Yun Zhang currently serves as an Associate Professor of Accountancy with Tenure at the Department of Accountancy of George Washington University. From 2009 to 2015, he was an Assistant Professor of Accountancy at the Department of Accountancy of George Washington University. From 2003 to 2009, he was an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. His main research interests include managerial accounting, corporate governance and information disclosure. He received his bachelor’s degree from Renmin University of China in 1998, two master’s degrees from Yale University in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree from Yale University in 2004.

Dr. Yi Ma

Independent Director

Dr. Yi Ma currently serves as a Professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences ("EECS") Department of the University of California at Berkeley. From 2014 to 2017, he was a Professor and the Executive Dean of the School of Information and Science and Technology, Shanghai Tech University, China. From 2009 to early 2014, he was a Principal Researcher and the Research Manager of the Visual Computing group at Microsoft Research Asia. From 2000 to 2011, he was an Associate Professor at the ECE Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His main research interest is in computer vision and high-dimensional data analysis. He received his Bachelors' degree in Automation and Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) in 1995, Master of Science degree in EECS in 1997, Master of Arts degree in Mathematics in 2000, and PhD degree in EECS in 2000, all from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an IEEE Fellow since 2013 and an ACM Fellow since 2017. He is ranked as the World's Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics of Thomson Reuters since 2016 and ranked among the Top 50 of the World's Most Influential Authors in Computer Science by Semantic Scholar, according to the Science Magazine 2016.


Michael Jinbo Yao

Independent Director

Michael Jinbo Yao is the chairman and chief executive officer of Mr. Yao founded and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of since its inception. Mr. Yao is a pioneer in China’s Internet industry. Prior to founding, in 2000, Mr. Yao founded, a domain name transaction and value-added service website in China. After was acquired by in the same year, Mr. Yao served in various managerial roles at, including Vice President of Sales until 2005. Mr. Yao currently serves on the board of directors of Golden Pacer and a NYSE-listed company, namely Noah Holdings Limited, a leading wealth and asset management service provider in China. Mr. Yao received his bachelor’s degrees in computer science and chemistry from Ocean University of China (formerly known as Ocean University of Qingdao) in 1999.