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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.


Pin Zhou

Director of the Board

Pin Zhou has been our director of the Board and our senior vice president since March 2018, after having served as our advisor since March 1, 2015. Mr. Zhou is in charge of global advertising business sales, strategic investment, human resources, and part of the Company's smart hardware business. Mr. Zhou has more than 18 years of experience in Internet industry, with extensive knowledge in product management and online advertising. Before joining Cheetah Mobile, Mr. Zhou served as the founder and CEO of, an e-commerce company in China. Before that, Mr. Zhou held various managerial positions in Tuopu Software Group, Herosoft and Baidu. Mr. Zhou received a bachelor's degree in International Finance from Shaanxi Institute of Finance and Economics in 1999.


Rui Hao

Director of the Board

Rui Hao has been our director since March 2018. He currently also serves as an executive director at Tencent Investment, focusing on Tencent’s strategic investment and M&A activity in the areas of e-commerce, O2O and retail. Mr. Hao was responsible for Tencent’s strategic investments in, a Nasdaq listed company, Meituan Dianping, a Hong Kong listed company, VIPshop, a New York Stock Exchange listed company,, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, and many others. Before that, Mr. Hao worked for Jefferies Hong Kong Limited as research analyst covering the internet sector. Before that, Mr. Hao worked for Accenture Consulting as a strategy consultant in the high-tech industry. Mr. Hao received both a bachelor’s degree in e-commerce and a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.


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.


Tianyang Zhao

Independent Director

Tianyang Zhao currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Beijing Shougang Fund and Chairman of the Board of Shougang Concord International (HK.0697). Mr. Zhao helped establish Shougang Fund in 2010. Beijing Shougang Fund manages 12 funds with RMB48 billion in assets under management. As a professional investor, Mr. Zhao has invested in a wide variety of areas including parking infrastructure and smart cities, supply chain finance, medicine and healthcare, sports and entertainment, big data and artificial intelligence, new energy vehicles and also equipment manufacturing. In the past few years, Mr. Zhao led Shougang Group and its listed global subsidiaries in several public and private capital market transactions. Mr. Zhao graduated from Peking University and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (EMBA).


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.


Richard Weidong Ji

Independent Director 

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 with existing portfolio companies including Xiaomi, Didi Chuxing, Tujia, Full Truck Alliance and Sense Time. Mr. Ji is also an independent director and a member of the audit committee of the boards of the NASDAQ-listed YY Inc.  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 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

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, Mr. Yao founded in 2000, 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. 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

Independent Director

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.