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.
Chairman of Board of Directors
Jun Lei has been our director since October 2010 and the chairman of our board since July 2011. Mr. Lei was appointed to be a director of our company by Kingsoft Corporation, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 3888). Mr. Lei is a co-founder and is currently the chairman of Kingsoft Corporation. From October 1998 to December 2007, Mr. Lei served as the chief executive officer of Kingsoft Corporation. In 2010, Mr. Lei co-founded and has since then served as the chairman of Xiaomi Corporation, a smartphone and mobile internet company in China. From April 2000 to March 2005, Mr. Lei co-founded and served as the chairman of Joyo.com, which was later acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. in 2004 and became Amazon China. In addition, Mr. Lei is an active private equity investor and currently serves as a director or advisor in several privately held companies that he founded or invested in. Mr. Lei received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Wuhan University in China in 1991.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Sheng Fu has been our chief executive officer and director 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 has been our director since December 2016. Mr. Zou was appointed to be our director by Kingsoft Corporation, at which he serves as an executive director and the chief executive officer, and the chief executive officer of Seasun Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Kingsoft Corporation. Mr. Zou joined Kingsoft Corporation in 1998 serving various management roles. Mr. Zou graduated from Tianjin Nankai University in 1997.
Yuk Keung NG has been our director since July 2012. He was appointed as our director by Kingsoft Corporation, where Mr. NG serves as an executive director and the chief financial officer. Mr. NG graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences in 1988 and obtained a Master of Science degree in Global Business Management and E-commerce in 2002. Mr. NG is a professional accountant, and a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Mr. NG has more than twenty years of experience in financial management, corporate finance and merger and acquisition. Mr. NG worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 12 years from 1988 to 2001. Before joining the Company, Mr. NG held financial management positions in several listed companies, including deputy CFO, joint company secretary and qualified accountant of IRICO Group Electronics Company Limited (Stock Code: 438); vice president and CFO of China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd. (Stock Code: 1886); executive director, CFO and company secretary of China NT Pharma Group Company Limited (Stock Code: 1011). Mr. NG is currently an independent non-executive director of Sany Heavy Equipment International Holdings Company Limited (Stock Code: 631), and an independent non-executive director and the chairman of the audit committee of E-Commodities Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 1733). Mr. NG was also an independent non-executive director and the chairman of the audit committee of Zhongsheng Group Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 881) and Beijing Capital Land Limited (Stock Code: 2868).
Mr. NG was appointed as the CFO of Kingsoft Corporation in 2012 and became an executive director of the Company from 1 March 2013. Mr. NG is also a director of certain subsidiaries of Kingsoft Corporation.
Ke Ding has been our director since June 2013. Mr. Ding was appointed to be our director by TCH Copper Limited, an affiliate of Tencent and one of our major shareholders. Since March 2011, Mr. Ding has been the vice president in charge of mobile internet business at Tencent. Prior to that, Mr. Ding had been the general manager in charge of Tencent’s 3G products center since May 2009. Mr. Ding received a master’s degree in theoretical and applied automated control from Lanzhou University of Technology, China, in 1997, and a bachelor’s degree of science from Xidian University, China, in 1994.
Mr. Zhaohui (Jeffrey) Li currently serves as Managing Partner of Tencent Investment and General Manager of Tencent Mergers & Acquisitions, focusing on Tencent’s global investment and M&A activity in the areas of Interactive Entertainment and Gaming, Social Networking Service, O2O (“Online-to-Offline”), and Internet Finance, among other areas. He leads Tencent’s worldwide Gaming industry investment strategy. Mr. Li is also responsible for Tencent’s early stage and growth stage investment strategy in China and multiple countries. In recent years, he launched and led Tencent Investment’s ongoing efforts to penetrate key O2O sectors, including Social Commerce, Automotive, Education, Healthcare, etc. He was responsible for Tencent’s investments in Huayi Brothers, Zhihu, Netmarble Games, Howbuy and many others around the world. Before joining Tencent, Jeffrey was Investment Principal at Bertelsmann Asia Investment, where he led the investment in BitAuto (NYSE: BITA) and Phoenix New Media (NYSE: FENG). Before that, he worked for Google and Nokia in various product and business roles, where he gained substantial experience in the Internet and Mobile arenas. Jeffrey holds a bachelor’s degree from Peking University and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Wei Liu has been our director since May 2013. Mr. Liu was appointed to be our director by Kingsoft Corporation, at which Mr. Liu serves as a vice president. Mr. Liu joined Kingsoft Corporation in 2000 as a manager, and was promoted to be the director of human resources in 2007, an assistant president in April 2012 and then the current position of vice president. Mr. Liu graduated from China University of Mining and Technology in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Independent Director Appointee
Richard Weidong Ji has been our independent director since May 2014. Our board of directors has determined that Mr. Ji meets the independence standards under Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act and applicable NYSE corporate governance rules. Mr. Ji is the founding partner of All-Star Investment Limited, which aims to invest in internet technology leaders and consumer brands that help enhance the lives of Chinese consumers. Mr. Ji is also an independent director and a member of the audit committee of the boards of the NASDAQ-listed YY Inc and the NYSE-listed 58.comInc. Mr. Ji served as managing director and head of Asia-Pacific internet/media investment research at Morgan Stanley Asia Limited from 2005 to 2012, during which period he had won recognitions from publications and research groups such as Institutional Investor, Greenwich Associates, Asia money and Financial Times. Mr. Ji holds a Doctor of Science degree in biological science from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from Fudan University in China.
Michael Jinbo Yao is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 58.com. Mr. Yao founded 58.com, and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of 58.com since its inception. Mr. Yao is a pioneer in China's Internet industry. Prior to founding 58.com, Mr. Yao founded in 2000 domain.cn, a domain name transaction and value-added service website in China. After domain.cn was acquired by net.cn in the same year, 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 NYSE-listed company he co-founded. 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.
Michael Lingye Zuo is one of the founding members of Matrix Partners (China) and has strong investment expertise. Mr. Zuo joined WI Harper after graduating from Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in 2002, and played an instrumental role in WI Harper's investment in Focus Media in 2004. At Matrix Partners (China), Mr. Zuo focuses on the marketplace and enterprise services sectors and is actively involved in making investment decisions. He has led investments in Cheetah Mobile, Baofeng, Liepin, Yuantiku, To8to, Anjuke, Babytree, 36Kr, Beisen, Xiaoshouyi. Mr. Zuo was ranked by Zero2IPO as one of the top 10 rising stars in China's Venture Capital Industry in 2006.