Qi Ji is our founder and has also served as the executive chairman of our board since February 2007. He also served as our chief executive officer until August 2009. He resumed his CEO role from January 2012 to May 2015. He co-founded Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc., or Home Inns, and served as its chief executive officer from January 2001 to January 2005. He also co-founded Ctrip.com International, Ltd., or Ctrip.com, one of the largest online travel services provider in China, in 1999, acted as its chief executive officer and president until December 2001, and currently serves on Ctrip.com's board as an independent director. Prior to founding Ctrip.com, Mr. Ji was the chief executive officer of Shanghai Sunflower High-Tech Group, which he founded in 1997. He headed the East China Division of Beijing Zhonghua Yinghua Intelligence System Co., Ltd. from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Ji received both his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Sébastien Bazin has served as our director since January 2016. Bazin has been acting as the Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels since 2013. Having earned a Masters in Business Management from Paris-Sorbonne University, Sébastien Bazin began his career in the US finance industry in 1985. In 1997, he joined Colony Capital, a private-equity firm, to set up and European operations. During his 15 years with the firm, he managed and participated in a large number of investments in the hospitality industry, including the acquisition of luxury hotel chains Fairmont and Raffles, the acquisition and management of hotel assets from Compagnie Générale des Eaux and Club Méditerranée, the acquisition of an equity stake in Lucien Barrière Group, and the investment in Accor. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Gustave Roussy Foundation.
Mr. Shangzhi Zhang has served as our director since June 2016. He has more than 30 years of experience in hotel industry and foreign trade. Mr. Zhang has been President of Tianjin Amis Hotel Management Company since 2009. He acted as General Delegate of Accor Hotel Group in China and President of Ibis in China from 1999 to 2008. He served as Deputy General Manager at China Export Commodity Base Development Corporation from 1993 to 1998. Prior to that, Mr. Zhang held senior positions at Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. He was Third Secretary of Commercial Bureau of Chinese Embassy in Zaire from 1981 to 1985. Mr. Zhang graduated from Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade. He studied at General Department of Interpretation of European Communities in Brussels and French National School of Administration. In 2014, Mr. Zhang received medal award of "Chevalier de Legion d'honneur" from French government.
Min Fan has served as our director since March 2010. He is one of the co-founders of Ctrip and has served as its chief executive officer since January 2006, as its director since October 2006 and as its president since February 2009. Mr. Fan served as Ctrip's chief operating officer from November 2004 to January 2006. Prior to that, he served as its executive vice president from 2000 to November 2004. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Fan was the chief executive officer of Shanghai Travel Service Company, a leading domestic travel agency in China. From 1990 to 1997, he served as the deputy general manager and in a number of other senior positions at Shanghai New Asia Hotel Management Company, which was one of the leading hotel management companies in China. In addition to his positions at Ctrip, Mr. Fan currently serves on the boards and compensation committees of PerfectEnergy International, Ltd., ChinaEdu Corporation and 99 Joyu Tourism Operating Group. Mr. Fan received his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He also studied at the Lausanne Hotel Management School of Switzerland in 1995.
John Jiong Wu
John Jiong Wu, a co-founder of our company, has served as our director since January 2007. He has served as the Venture Partner of Northern Light Venture Capital since 2007 and was an Angel Investor and the Chief Technology Officer of Alibaba Group from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining Alibaba Group, he worked as an engineer or manager in several companies in the Silicon Valley, including Oracle and Yahoo! Inc. Mr. Wu received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Michigan.
Tongtong Zhao, a co-founder of our company, has served as our director since February 2007. She was the General Manager of Shanghai Asia-Tang Health Technology Development Co., Ltd. from 2004 to 2006, the General Manager of Shanghai Hong Ying Hi-Tech Co., Ltd. from 1999 to 2001, and the Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Xie Cheng Science and Technology Co., Ltd. from 1997 to 1998. Ms. Zhao received her Master of Science degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and obtained her Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University.
Mr. Jian Shang has served as our independent director since May 2014. He has over 15 years of experience in corporate management and financial innovation. He served as Managing Director of UBS Global Asset Management and as Chief Executive Officer of UBS SDIC Fund Management Company from 2006 to 2012. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Yin Hua Fund Management Company, Deputy CEO of Hua An Fund Management Company, and Head of Strategic Planning of Shanghai Stock Exchange respectively from 2001 to 2006. Previously, he was a deputy Division Director of China Securities Regulatory Commission from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Shang obtained his PhD in Finance and MA in Economics from University of Connecticut, and his Bachelor's degree in engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.