Board of Directors
Ms. Jingbo Wang is our co-founder and has been our chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer since our inception. Ms. Wang has over ten years of experience in the asset and wealth management services industry. From May 2000 to September 2005, Ms. Wang worked in several departments and affiliates of Xiangcai Securities, a securities firm in China. Ms. Wang served as the head of the private banking department at Xiangcai Securities from August 2003 to September 2005, where she established the securities firm's wealth management business. Prior to that, she worked as a deputy head of ABN AMRO Xiangcai Fund Management Co., Ltd., a joint venture fund management company, from February 2002 to August 2003, and as the head of the asset management department at Xiangcai Securities from May 2000 to February 2002. Ms. Wang was the financial controller and general manager for the settlement center of Chengpu Group from September 1994 to December 1999.
Ms. Wang received her master's degree in management and her bachelor's degree in economics from Sichuan University in China. Ms. Wang also graduated from the Global CEO Program of China Europe International Business School in 2009.
Mr. Zhe Yin is our co-founder and has been our director and vice president since our inception. Mr. Yin has extensive experience in wealth management. Prior to co-founding our company, Mr. Yin was the deputy general manager of the wealth management department at Xiangcai Securities from November 2003 to September 2005. Prior to that, he worked at Bank of Communications of China from July 1997 to November 2003. Mr. Yin received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 1997, and graduated with an Executive MBA degree from China Europe International Business School in 2010.
Mr. Boquan He is our angel investor, and he has been our director since August 2007. Since November 2011, he has served as chairman of our compensation committee. Mr. He is the founder and chairman of the board of directors of Guangdong Nowaday Investment Co., Ltd., a private investment company specializing in greenfield investments in the Chinese retail and service industries. In 1989, he founded (Robust Group, a food and beverage company, where he served as the chief executive officer until 2002 is now a member of Danone Group). He also serves as the chairman of the board of directors of 7 Days Group Holdings Limited, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, as well as the chairman or vice chairman of the board of directors of several privately owned companies in China. Mr. He graduated from Guangdong Television Public University in China.
Ms. Chia-Yue Chang has been our director since August 2007 and the chief executive officer of Noah Upright since 2011. Ms. Chang has 23 years of experience in the asset management industry with in-depth knowledge about developing business in a dynamic financial world. Ms. Chang was the chief executive officer for Greater China and South East Asia regions of Robeco Hong Kong Ltd. from October 2007 to June 2011. From 2004 to 2006, she served as China chief executive officer and senior vice president of ABN AMRO Asset Management Asia Ltd. During the same period, she was the chairman of ABN AMRO Xiangcai Fund Management Co., Ltd. from 2004 to 2005, and then the vice chairman of ABN AMRO TEDA Fund Management Co., Ltd from 2005 to 2006. From 2000 to 2004, she was the president of ABN AMRO Asset Management in Taiwan. Prior to that, she worked at various positions at Kwang Hua Securities Investment & Trust Co., Ltd. and entities affiliated with Jardine Fleming Investment in Taiwan. Ms. Chang received her master degree in library science from University of California, Los Angeles and her bachelor’s degree in library science from National Taiwan University.
Mr. Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China, joined Noah as director in January 2016. He is also a co-founder of Ctrip.com and Home Inns. He is in the "Forbes Global Midas List" in 2012-2015 as the highest ranking investor from China, in "China's 50 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2015" by Fortune Magazine and the "25 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in 2014 and in 2015" by China Entrepreneur Magazine, "Venture Capital Professional of the Year" by AVCJ in 2015. He was also elected as "Top Ten Economic Figures in 2006" by CCTV. Mr. Shen is Chairman of the Board of Yale Leadership Center in China, the Trustee of Asia Society and Vice Chairman of Beijing Private Equity Association. Mr. Shen received his Master's degree from Yale University and his Bachelor's degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Ms. May Yihong Wu has served as our independent director since November 2010 and is chairwoman of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Wu is the Board Advisor of Homeinns Hotel Group, and she served as the chief strategy officer of the Group, an economy hotel chain based in China that is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market.
Ms. Wu was the chief financial officer of Homeinns from July 2006 to April 2010. From January 2005 to March 2006, Ms. Wu was first vice president at Schroder Investment Management North America Inc., and a vice president from January 2003 to December 2004, responsible for investment research and management of various funds specializing in the consumer and services sectors. Ms. Wu holds a bachelor’s degree from Fudan University in China, a master’s degree from Brooklyn College at the City University of New York and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Jinbo Yao is an independent director on our board of directors. He is the founder, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA). Mr. Yao is a pioneer in China’s internet industry. Prior to founding 58.com, Mr. Yao founded domain.cn in 2000, a domain name transaction and value-added service website in China. After domain.cn was acquired by net.cn in September 2000, Mr. Yao served in various managerial roles at net.cn including vice president of sales until 2005. Mr. Yao also co-founded and serves on the board of directors of Xueda Education Group (NYSE: XUE). 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.
Dr. Chen is our independent director and is chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He has been a professor of finance at Yale University since July 1999, and has served as an independent non-executive director of the Bank of Communications since November 2010. He is an independent director of Lord Abbett China Asset Management Co., Ltd and where he has served as a member of the compensation committee since August 2006. Dr. Chen is also currently a director and first portfolio manager of Zebra Hedge Fund as well as a member of the advisory board at Milestone Capital Management Limited. From 2011 to 2012, Dr. Chen served as an independent director of Jiayuan.com International Ltd., a Nasdaq-listed company.
Dr. Chen received his doctorate degree in financial economics from Yale University in 1990. He received his master’s degree from the National University of Defence Technology (formerly known as the Changsha Institute of Technology, China) in 1986. He earned his bachelor’s degree from China’s Central South Industry University in 1983.
Dr. Tze-Kaing Yang joined Noah as independent director in May 2015 and is chairman of the Audit Committee. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Yangtze Associates, a venture capital and private equity fund management company in Taiwan. He also serves as the supervisor of ASUSTeK Computer Inc., a leading Taiwanese motherboards and personal computer products company. In addition, he is the director of RITEK Corp. and non-executive director of Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited, a Hong Kong listed company. He is also independent director at ASRock Inc. and DBS Bank (Taiwan) Ltd.
Dr. Yang was previously the Political Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Finance in Taiwan from 2003 to 2004, managing director and acting chairman of the Bank of Taiwan from 2003 to 2004, and president of the China Development Industrial Bank. He also served as independent director of the Taiwan Stock Exchange, AU Optronics Corporation and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation. He was also the executive secretary of the National Development Fund of Taiwan.
Dr. Yang holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Dr. Yang teaches Investment Banking and Venture Capital courses in the MBA Program in National Chengchi University and National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.