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.
Executive Vice President and Chairman of Quality Management Committee
Mr. Feng Shen is our executive vice president and chairman of quality management committee. He joined our Company in December 2017. Mr. Shen worked in several senior executive management roles, such as president of Polestar China and global chief technology officer at Polestar, president at Volvo Cars China R&D Company, vice president of Volvo Cars Asia-Pacific Operation, and chairman at China-Sweden Traffic Safety Research Center from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Shen worked as a powertrain manager, Six-Sigma Master Black Belt and technical expert at Ford Motor Company from 1999 to 2010 in the United States and China. Mr. Shen received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and mechanics and a master’s degree in applied mechanics from Fudan University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He also received a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University in 1996.
Executive Vice President and Chairman of Product Committee
Mr. Xin Zhou is our executive vice president and has served as chairman of product committee since 2017. He joined our Company in April 2015. Mr. Zhou served as executive director at Qoros Automotive Co., Ltd. from September 2009 to April 2015. Prior to that, he was the engagement manager of McKinsey & Co. from April 2007 to September 2009, and executive director of Lear Corp. from May 1998 to April 2007. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Zhou was a senior manager of GM China. Mr. Zhou received a bachelor’s degree in applied science from Fudan University in 1992 and a master’s degree in business administration from China Europe International Business School in 2008.
Ganesh V. Iyer
Managing Director, NIO U.S. and Global Chief Information Officer
Mr. Ganesh V. Iyer has served as our global chief information officer since April 2016 and managing director of NIO U.S. since December 2018. Mr. Iyer has over 30 years of experience delivering results in various industries including autonomous technology, hi-tech, manufacturing, and telecom. Mr. Iyer worked as vice president and chief information officer at Tesla Inc. from 2012 to 2016. Prior to Tesla, he held senior information technology leadership roles at VMWare from 2010 to 2012. Prior to VMWare, Mr. Iyer served as director of information technology at Juniper Networks and WebEx. He also spent 10 years in consulting primarily at Electronic Data Systems and Tata Consultancy Services. Mr. Iyer received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Regional Engineering College, in India.