David Jian Sun has served as our director and chief executive officer since December 2004. Mr. Sun has over ten years of consumer industry experience. From 2003 to December 2004, Mr. Sun served as a vice president of operations for B&Q (China) Ltd., a subsidiary of Kingfisher plc, the third largest home improvement retail group in the world, overseeing the operation of 15 B&Q superstores in China.
From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Sun served as a vice president of marketing for B&Q (China) Ltd., leading B&Qâ€™s market positioning and branding efforts in China. Mr. Sun holds a bachelorâ€™s degree from Shanghai Medical University in China.
Yunxin Mei has served as our director since May 2004. Since 2000, Mr. Mei has been the vice chairman and president of BTG responsible for the overall operations and management as well as executing BTGâ€™s mid- and long-term development plans.
He also serves on the boards of several other companies, including Poly Victory Investments Limited, Viobright International Investments Ltd. and Profit Act Investment Ltd., all of which are holding companies investing in the hotel business in China.
Neil Nanpeng Shen is one of the co-founders of our company and has been our companyâ€™s director since our inception. Mr. Shen is the founding managing partner of Sequoia Capital China.
Mr. Shen co-founded Ctrip, the largest travel consolidator in China, and served as its chief financial officer from 2000 to October 2005 and as president from August 2003 to October 2005. Prior to founding Ctrip, Mr. Shen had worked for more than eight years in the investment banking industry in New York and Hong Kong. He was a director at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong where he worked from 1996 to 1999.
Prior to 1996, he had worked at Chemical Bank, Lehman Brothers and Citibank in various investment banking areas. Currently, Mr. Shen is a director of Ctrip and also an independent director, the chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation and nominating committee of Focus Media Holding Limited, a Nasdaq-listed media advertising company based in China.
Mr. Shen received his bachelorâ€™s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and his masterâ€™s degree from the School of Management at Yale University.
Min Bao has served as our director since March 2006. Mr. Bao is the general manager of BTG Hotel & Resorts Co., Ltd., where he has worked since February 2006. From 2002 to February 2006, he was the general manager of Beijing Chang Fu Gong Center Co., Ltd., a holding company that owns a hotel and residential and commercial properties.
Prior to that, he served as the general manager of Beijing Xin Qiao Hotel Co., Ltd. He currently serves on the boards of several companies, including BTG Hotel & Resorts Co., Ltd., Beijing Jian Guo Hotel Co., Ltd., Beijing Peace Hotel Co., Ltd. and Yue Xiu Hotel Co., Ltd, all of which are China-based hotel companies.
James Jianzhang Liang is one of the co-founders of our company. He has served as our director since our inception. Mr. Liang co-founded Ctrip and served as its chief executive officer from 2000 to January 2006. Mr. Liang has been chairman of Ctripâ€™s board of directors since August 2003 and has been a director of Ctrip since its inception.
Prior to founding Ctrip, Mr. Liang held a number of technical and managerial positions with Oracle Corporation from 1991 to 1999 in the United States and China, including the head of the ERP consulting division of Oracle China from 1997 to 1999.
Mr. Liang received his masterâ€™s and bachelorâ€™s degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also attended an undergraduate program at Fudan University in China.
Kenneth Gaw is one of our independent directors. Since 1999, Mr. Gaw has been a managing director of Pioneer Global Group Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that primarily focuses on real estate and hotel investments in Hong Kong, Macau, China and South East Asia.
Mr. Gaw is also a co-founder and the managing director of Gateway Capital, a real estate investment and management company. He currently serves on the boards of Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, a company that owns and operates hotels in Thailand, Siam Food Products Public Company Limited, a pineapple producer listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, and Japan Opportunities Fund II, a real estate fund investing in Japan.
Mr. Gaw received a bachelorâ€™s degree in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University in the United States.
Terry Hu is one of our independent directors. Mr. Hu is a managing director of Temasek Holdings (HK) Limited, an investment company that focuses on private equity investments in China.
Prior to joining Temasek Holdings in May 2005, Mr. Hu was a director at Credit Suisse (HK) Limited where he was responsible for its technology, media and telecommunications investment banking efforts in China. Before joining Credit Suisse in August 2004, Mr. Hu worked for a number of years at Bear Stearns Asia Limited where he last served as a vice president of investment banking and the chief representative of its Shanghai office.
Mr. Hu currently serves on the board of Hopson Development Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that engages in property development business in China.
May Wu has served as our chief financial officer since May 2006. She served as our senior vice president of finance from March 2006 to May 2006.
Prior to joining Home Inns, Ms. Wu was a First Vice President at Schroeder Investment Management, North America Inc. from 2005 to March 2006, and Vice President from 2003 to 2004. She was responsible for investment research and management for various funds, specializing in the consumer and services sectors.
From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Wu was an Equity Research Analyst at JP Morgan Asset Management where she also served as Vice President from 2000 to 2002.
Ms. Wu holds a bachelorâ€™s degree from Fudan University in China, a masterâ€™s degree from Brooklyn College at the City University of New York and an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Rixin Liang has served as our chief operating officer since the formation of Home Inns Beijing in April 2002. Prior to joining Home Inns, Ms. Liang was the vice president of the International Hotel Group, a subsidiary 89 of BTG, from 1999 to 2002, during which she co-founded Jian Guo Inns, one of the earliest economy hotel brands in China, in 2000, and served as the general manager of Jian Guo Inns Beijing Ltd.
From 2000 to 2002, Ms. Liang has worked in the hotel industry in China since 1972. She is a member of the Expert Committee of the China Hotel Association.
Ms. Liang holds a bachelorâ€™s degree from Capital Economics and Business University in China. She also attended the MBA program at Tsing-Hua University in China.