Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Michael Yufeng Chi is our founder and has served as the chairman of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Chi founded Beijing Jinhongen Co., Ltd. in 1996, the predecessor of Hongen Education & Technology Co., Ltd., or Hongen Education. Mr. Chi has served as the chairman of Hongen Education since its inception. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Chi also served as the vice president and the chief technology officer of Tsinghua Unisplendour Corporation Limited, an information technology infrastructure product and service provider in China listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. In 2004, Mr. Chi founded the Perfect World Group, a leading global entertainment company focusing on original content creation and technology. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Chi served as the chairman of the board of Perfect World Co., Ltd., a leading online game developer and operator in China that was listed on the Nasdaq from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Chi currently serves as the chairman of the board of Perfect World Group, the chairman of the board of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (SZ:002624), a leading online games and film company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University. Mr. Chi received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tsinghua University in 1994, an MBA from China Europe International Business School in 2004, and a doctoral degree in business administration from Singapore Management University in 2019. Mr. Michael Yufeng Chi is the brother of Mr. Hanfeng Chi.
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Peng Dai has served as our chief executive officer since July 2017 and served as our director since June 2020. Mr. Dai joined us since our inception and has led the establishment and development of a series of our childhood education products and services. Prior to joining us, Mr. Dai served as the senior strategy and investment director of Perfect World Group from September 2015 to January 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Dai served as the strategy and business development director of the mobile business group of Lenovo from January 2012 to August 2015, where he was responsible for global strategic operations and business development of Lenovo’s smart phone, tablet and smart television business. Mr. Dai worked as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group with a focus on serving technology companies in respect of strategy, operation, and mergers and acquisitions from September 2008 to December 2011. Mr. Dai received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology, a master’s degree in computer science and technology, and a doctoral degree in computer science from Tsinghua University in 2002, 2004 and 2008, respectively.
Mr. Hanfeng Chi has served as our director since our inception. Mr. Chi has over 20 years of experience and expertise in the childhood education industry in China. Since 1996, Mr. Chi has held various positions in Hongen Education. Mr. Chi received an associate’s degree from Shenzhen University in 1991. Mr. Hanfeng Chi is the brother of Mr. Michael Yufeng Chi.
Director and Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Vivien Weiwei Wang has served as our director since June 2020 and as our chief financial officer since September 2020. Ms. Wang has served as a director of Perfect World Group since September 2020. Prior to that, Ms. Wang served as the senior vice president and secretary of the board of directors of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (SZ:002624) from August 2016 to September 2020, responsible for capital markets, investment, financing, intellectual property, corporate development, internal control and risk management. Ms. Wang served as the vice president of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (a then Nasdaq-listed company) and held various positions at Perfect World Group from July 2007 to August 2016. Ms. Wang has extensive experience in the U.S. and Chinese domestic capital markets. Ms. Wang was extensively involved in the IPO and Nasdaq-listing of Perfect World Co., Ltd. in 2007, and led its privatization in 2015 and the subsequent listing on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2016. Before that, Ms. Wang worked as a senior financial analyst at Autodesk, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed technology company based in North California, from 2006 to 2007. Previously, Ms. Wang worked as a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Wang received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Peking University in 2000 and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2006.
Ms. Wendy Hayes has served as our independent director since the IPO. Ms. Hayes has served as an independent director of Burning Rock Biotech Limited (NASDAQ: TC) since November 2018 and Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (NYSE: XIN) since January 2020. Between May 2013 and September 2018, Ms. Hayes served as the inspections leader at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in the United States. Prior to that, Ms. Hayes was an audit partner at Deloitte (China). Ms. Hayes received her bachelor's degree in international finance from University of International Business and Economics in 1991, and her executive MBA from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in 2012. Ms. Hayes is a certified public accountant in the United States (California) and China.
Dr. Xuenan Li has served as our independent director since the IPO. Dr. Li has served as an associate professor in finance at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business since 2016, where she had been an assistant professor from 2012 to 2016. Before joining Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business as a visiting assistant professor in 2011, Dr. Li served as an assistant professor in finance at University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Li has served as an independent director of Beijing ABT Networks Co., Ltd. (SHA: 688168) since January 2018. Dr. Li received her bachelor's degrees in physics and economics from Peking University in 1998, her Ph.D. in physics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2002, and her Ph.D. in finance from University of Rochester in 2008.