Director, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Yong Zhang founded the Company in 1997 and is the chairman of the board of directors and, through September 2013, he also served as the Company’s chief executive officer. Mr. Zhang has more than 20 years of working experience in the real estate industry. Prior to founding the Company, he worked at several construction and property development companies, including Zhengzhou City Construction and Development Inc. and China Antai Real Estate Development Inc. Mr. Zhang is also the vice chairman of Henan Real Estate Association, a member of China Democratic National Construction Association and a deputy to the 12th People’s Congress of Henan Province in China. Mr. Zhang received a Ph.D. in finance from Renmin University of China in 2014, an executive master’s degree in business administration from Tsinghua University in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Henan Zhongzhou University in 1985.
Yong Cui has been a director of the Company since August 2006 and was appointed the president effective September 2013. With a doctorate degree in finance from Renmin University of China, Mr. Cui has extensive experience in corporate finance. Prior to his being appointed president, Mr. Cui provided consulting services to Xinyuan with respect to, among other matters, the development of commercial real estates in China and residential real estate in the U.S. For the past five years, he has worked at Beijing Runzheng Consulting Company as President, and he has served as an executive director of Winsway Enterprises Holdings Limited (formerly known as Winsway Coking Coal Holdings Limited). He resigned his position at Winsway Enterprises Holdings Limited on December 30, 2013.
Yuyan Yang co-founded the Company in 1997 with Mr. Yong Zhang. She is a director and previously a vice president of the Company. Ms. Yang has more than 10 years’ working experience in the real estate industry. Ms. Yang received a bachelor’s degree in education management from Henan University in 1985. Ms. Yang received her executive master’s degree in business administration at the National University of Singapore in May 2008.
Yumin Liang was appointed as a director in January 2014. Mr. Liang was appointed chairman of Henan Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd., one of the Company’s subsidiaries, in July 2013. Prior to joining Xinyuan, Mr. Liang was the chairman of Zhengzhou Public Housing Investment Co. Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Liang held progressive positions at the Zhengzhou Housing Management Bureau for approximately eighteen years. Mr. Liang holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Zhongzhou University.
Thomas Gurnee was appointed to the board of directors of the Company in December 2007 and from February 2009 through October 2013 served as the chief financial officer. In 2015, Mr. Gurnee was appointed Audit Committee chair. Mr. Gurnee is owner and manager of Chalet Development LLC, a U.S.-based real estate company. From 2006-2008, Mr. Gurnee was the chief financial officer of GEM Services Inc., a semiconductor contract manufacturer based in China. Prior to that, Mr. Gurnee served as the president of Globitech Inc., a Texas-based epitaxial semiconductor wafer manufacturer, the chief financial officer of Artest Inc., a California-based semiconductor test subcontractor, and the chief financial officer of Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU), a Beijing-based internet portal. Mr. Gurnee obtained his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Santa Clara.
Wells Tian was appointed as an executive director in September 2016 after serving as an independent director since October 2015. Mr. Tian is a senior partner at Korn/Ferry International where he leads its talent and leadership consulting business for Chinese companies. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Mr. Tian was at Aon Hewitt and held the roles of vice president of its China division, general manager of its North China division, and director of its leadership and senior executive compensation consulting practice in China. Mr. Tian received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Qingdao University and holds an MBA in Administrative Engineering from Tsinghua University.
Yifan (Frank) Li
Yifan (Frank) Li possesses over twenty years of experience in the areas of corporate financial management, M&A, principal investment, debt & equity offerings, and risk management across the Asia Pacific region. Most recently, Frank has been a Director and VP of Geely Holding Group. Prior to joining Geely, he was VP and international CFO of SanPower Group, where he led the acquisition and integration of UK retailer House of Fraser and US retailer Brookstone. He also served as CFO of China Zenix Auto International (NYSE: ZX), where he led the first-ever IPO in China's auto industry. Frank also serves as an Independent Director of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co. Ltd. (600018-CN) and Heilongjiang Interchina Water Treatment Co., Ltd. (600187-CN). Frank, a CPA and CGMA, received his MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MSc in Accounting from University of Texas at Dallas, and Bachelor of Economics in World Economy from Fudan University.
Samuel Shen was appointed as an independent director of the Company in May 2018. Mr. Shen is president of JD Cloud, the cloud business unit under JD.com, China's largest online retailer. Reporting directly to Richard Liu, JD.com CEO and chairman, Mr. Shen leads the efforts of JD Cloud to extend its offerings of tailored service solutions to a wide range of vertical industries. Mr. Shen previously held various senior positions at Microsoft, including chairman of the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Technology Company, COO of the Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group, and general manager of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise China. Before Microsoft, Mr. Shen worked at IDT in California. Mr. Shen holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Hao Gao was appointed as an independent director of the Company in May 2018. Mr. Gao is the director of the Global Family Business Research Center and the director of Strategic Partnership and Development Office at Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance, as well as the chief editor of the Family Business Series and Family Wealth Series published by the People's Publishing House/Oriental Press. Mr. Gao is also an independent director of Modern Media Holdings Limited (HKEX: 00072). Mr. Gao obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Automation Engineering from Tsinghua University, a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Peking University, and a Ph.D. Degree in Management Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University. Mr. Gao has completed the Corporate Boards Program, the Audit Committees Program, and the Compensation Committees Program at Harvard Business School, as well as the Mergers and Acquisitions Program and the People, Culture, and Performance Program at the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University.