Founder and Chairman
Shaoyun Han is our founder and has served as chairman of our board of directors and chief executive officer since our inception. Before founding Tarena in September 2002, Mr. Han was deputy chief engineer and director of the software division of AsiaInfo-Linkage between 1995 and 2002, responsible for software research and development and corporate management. Mr. Han received a bachelor’s degree in computer application from Jilin University in China.
Jianguang Li is our director. Mr. Li has served as our director since January 2004. Mr. Li has been a partner of IDG Capital Partners since March 2006, responsible for providing venture capital and private equity investment-related advice. Between 1999 and 2006, Mr. Li served as a vice-president of IDG Technology Venture Investment Inc. Prior to joining IDG in 1999, Mr. Li worked in Crosby Assets Management Limited as an investment manager. Mr. Li received a bachelor’s degree in management from Peking University and a master’s of science degree from the University of Guelph.
Yongji Sun is our independent director and has served as our independent director since April 2014. Mr. Sun currently serves as the chairman of Dilato Infotech Inc. and the chief executive officer of Shangxue Education Technology Inc. Between 2005 and 2011, Mr. Sun served as executive vice president of special projects and strategic relationships at HiSoft Technology International Ltd., or HiSoft . Prior to joining HiSoft in November 2005, Mr. Sun founded Beijing Tianhai Hongye International Software Co., Ltd. (Ensemble) in 2002 and served as its chief executive officer from 2003 to 2005. He founded and served as chief executive officer of Newland Network Co. from 2000 to 2002. He founded Lotus China in 1993 and served as the head of the research and development center until 1998. Mr. Sun received a bachelor’s degree from North Eastern Machinery Institute in 1985, a master’s degree in Computer Science from Nanjing Aerospace & Aeronautic University in 1988, and received a master of business administration from Babson College in 2000.
Xiaosong Zhang is our independent director and has served as our independent director since April 2014. Mr. Zhang has served as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Sungy Mobile Limited, a NYSE-listed mobile internet company, since November 2013. Mr. Zhang has served as the chief financial officer of a privately held mobile internet company headquartered in Beijing, China, since May 2014. Mr. Zhang served as the chief financial officer of iSoftStone Holdings Limited, a NYSE-listed company, from July 2010 to April 2014. Prior to joining iSoftStone Holdings Limited, Mr. Zhang served as chief financial officer of BJB Career Education Company Limited from 2009 to June 2010, as chief financial officer of Emarket Holding Group, Ltd. from 2008 to 2009, as chief financial officer of Chinacars, Inc. from 2007 to 2008 and as chief financial officer of Vimicro International Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed company, from 2004 to 2007. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Zhang worked as a manager and then a senior manager at the Beijing office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Zhang was an auditor and then a senior auditor at the Los Angeles office of KPMG LLP. Mr. Zhang received his master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois, his master’s degree in professional meteorology from Saint Louis University, and his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Peking University. Mr. Zhang is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.
Mr. Ya-Qin Zhang is our independent director and has served as our independent director since April 2014. Mr. Zhang has served as an independent director and member of the audit committee of Autohome Inc., a NYSE-listed company, since December 2013. Mr. Zhang has served as a director of ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed company, since September 2010. Mr. Zhang has been serving as the chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group since 2005 and is in charge of the research and development of Microsoft Corporation in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Zhang is one of the founding members of the Microsoft Research Asia lab, where he served as managing director and chief scientist, and he also founded the Advanced Technology Center in 2003. Before joining Microsoft in 1999, Mr. Zhang was a director for the Multimedia Technology Laboratory at Sarnoff Corp. and worked as a senior technical staff member for GTE Laboratories Inc. and Contel Corp. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Zhang served as an independent director of China Real Estate Information Corporation, a provider of real estate information, consulting and online services in China. Mr. Zhang received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from George Washington University.