Mr. Bin Li is our founder and has served as chairman of the board since our inception and our chief executive officer since January 2018. Mr. Li currently also serves as chairman of the board of directors at Bitauto Holdings Limited, an NYSE-listed automobile service company and a leading automobile service provider in China. In 2000, Mr. Li co-founded Beijing Bitauto E-Commerce Co., Ltd. and served as its director and president until 2006. In 2002, Mr. Li co-founded Beijing C&I Advertising Company Limited and has served as its chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer since its inception. In addition, Mr. Li currently serves as vice-chairman of China Automobile Dealers Association, or CADA, and was recognized by CADA in 2008 as one of the top 10 most influential and distinguished people in China’s automobile dealer industry in the past 20 years. Mr. Li received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Peking University where he minored in Law.
Director and President
Mr. Lihong Qin is our co-founder and has served as our director and our president since our inception. Prior to joining us, Mr. Qin served as chief marketing officer and executive director at Longfor Properties Co., Ltd., a leading company involved in property development and investment in China, from 2008 to 2014. He also served as deputy general manager at Anhui Chery Automobile Sales and Service Company from 2005 to 2008, as senior consultant and project manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants from 2003 to 2005, and as assistant brand manager at the Marketing Department of Procter & Gamble (Guangzhou) Ltd. from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Qin received his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in law from Peking University in 1996 and 1999 and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University in 2001.
Louis T. Hsieh
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Louis T. Hsieh has served as our Chief Financial Officer since May 2017. Mr. Hsieh also serves as a non-executive director at New Oriental Education and Technology Group, or New Oriental, a NYSE-listed company providing private educational services in China. Mr. Hsieh joined New Oriental in 2005 and served as chief financial officer from 2005 to 2015, as President from 2008 to 2016, and director since 2007. He is also an independent director and chairman of audit committee for each of JD.com, Inc., China’s largest direct sales internet company; YUM China Holdings, a NYSE-listed restaurant company operating KFC, Pizza Hut, Little Sheep Hot Pot, Taco Bell in China; and from 2016 to 2017 at Nord Anglia Education, Inc., a NYSE-listed education company, which was taken private in July 2017. Prior to joining New Oriental, Mr. Hsieh held senior executive positions in private equity and investment banking with UBS Capital (Managing Director and Asia Tech/Media/Telecom head), JP Morgan (vice president) and Credit Suisse, and served as a corporate and securities law attorney at White & Case LLP. Mr. Hsieh received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University, a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School, and a juris doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Hsien Tsong Cheng
Co-founder and Executive Vice President
Mr. Hsien Tsong Cheng is our co-founder and has served as our executive vice president and chief executive officer of XPT Limited since July 2015. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cheng served as chairman and chief executive officer at Magneti Marelli China from January 2013 to July 2015. Mr. Cheng served as chairman of Fiat Automotive Finance Co., Ltd. and chairman and chief executive officer of FIAT (China) Business Co., Ltd. from June 2014 to July 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Cheng served as general manager of GAC Fiat Automobiles Co., Ltd. from July 2010 to March 2013. Prior to Fiat Chrysler Automotive, Mr. Cheng was a 26-year veteran in Ford Motor Company and served as the vice president for Global Purchasing based in China from 1997 to 2006, overseeing Ford Motor’s regional supply chain and joint ventures sourcing for ChangAn Ford Motor Ltd., Jiangling Motor Ltd. and Ford Lioho Taiwan. Mr. Cheng received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan in 1980.
Director and Chief Development Officer
Ms. Padmasree Warrior has served as our chief development officer and chief executive officer of NIO USA, Inc. since December 2015, and our director since March 2016. She has also served as a director of Microsoft Corporation since December 2015 and Spotify Ltd. since June 2017. Prior to joining us, Ms. Warrior worked as chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco Systems, Inc. from 2008 to 2015. In addition, she held various positions at Motorola, Inc. from 1984 to 2007, most recently as executive vice president and chief technology officer from 2002 to 2007. Ms. Warrior received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in 1982 and master’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1984.