|Na Lai Chiu ----- Chairman of the board
Ms. Na Lai Chiu has been appointed as the chairman of the board, effective October 24, 2012. Ms. Chiu became the Company’s adviser in early 2008 and was appointed as the Company’s vice chairman in July 2010. Ms. Chiu is one of the founders of Chaoda Modern Agriculture (Holdings) Ltd., a vegetable production company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prior to founding Chaoda Modern Agriculture (Holdings) Ltd., Ms. Chiu had over 15 years of experience in the trading business and served as the deputy general manager of a trading company based in Hong Kong, where she was primarily responsible for business management and administration.
Shing Yung Ma ----- Chief executive officer
Shing Yung Ma is the founder of our company and has served as our chief executive officer since our inception. Mr. Ma has over ten years of managerial and operational experience in the vegetable cultivation industry. >From 1999 to 2003, he served as the vice president of Chaoda Modern Agriculture (Holding) Ltd., a vegetable production company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, where he was in charge of operations and sales. Prior to that, he was the general manager of Fujian Chaoda Green Agriculture Ltd. Co from 1997 to 1999. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Ma was the vice president of Fujian Guangyuan Logistics Ltd. Co., a China-based logistics company. Prior to his career in the agricultural industry, he worked as an instructor in Fujian Normal College from 1987 to 1991. Mr. Ma received his college diploma from Fujian Normal College in 1987 where he majored in Chinese literature.
Jin Li ----- Director
Jin Li has been our director since 2006. He has been advising our company on operations and strategic matters since 2006. Mr. Li began his career as an attorney in New York and then relocated to Asia in 1997. He has worked for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates in Beijing and Hong Kong, and Linklaters in Hong Kong, as a partner. Mr. Li received his bachelor of arts degree from Peking University and master of science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.
Neil Nanpeng Shen ----- Independent director
Neil Nanpeng Shen has been our director since 2006 and was appointed by Sequoia following our series A financing. Mr. Shen is the founding managing partner of Sequoia Capital China. Mr. Shen co-founded Ctrip.com International Ltd., the largest travel consolidator in China, and served as its chief financial officer from 2000 to October 2005 and as its president from August 2003 to October 2005. He also co-founded Home Inns and Hotels Management, a leading economy hotel chain in China. Prior to founding Ctrip and Home Inns, Mr. Shen had worked for over eight years in the investment banking industry in New York and Hong Kong. Currently, Mr. Shen is a co-chairman of Home Inns, a director of Ctrip, a director of E-House (China) Holdings Limited, a NYSE-listed real estate service company in China, a director of China Nuokang Bio-Pharmaceutical Inc., a NASDAQ-listed biopharmaceutical company in China, a director of Qihoo 360, a NASDAQ-listed search solution provider in China, a director of Mecox Lane, a NASDAQ-listed mail order company in China, and a director of Peak Sport Products, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed sports apparel company in China. He is also an independent director of Focus Media Holding Limited, a NASDAQ-listed media advertising company based in China and a director of a number of privately owned companies based in China. Mr. Shen received his bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 1988 and his master’s degree from the School of Management at Yale University in 1992.
Gordon Xiaogang Wang ----- Independent director
Gordon Xiaogang Wang became our independent director upon the declaration of effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Wang has over 15 years of experience in corporate finance and strategic business development. From April 2010 to present, Mr. Wang is a partner of Boardroom Advisors Co., Limited, a company focusing on advising China-based companies on corporate finance and strategic matters. He served as the chief financial officer of Acorn International, Inc., a China-based marketing company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, from September 2005 to March 2010. Mr. Wang served as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of Chaoda Modern Agricultural (Holdings) Ltd., a vegetable production company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Wang also served as the director of investor relations at Legend Group Limited from 2002 to 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Wang held positions in various organizations, including JingTai Securities (Hong Kong), MeetChina.com, Schroders Asia Limited and Morgan Stanley Asia Limited. Mr. Wang received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tianjin University in 1985, his master’s degree in computer-aided engineering from Rutgers University in 1989 and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago in 1994.
Chung Bong Pang ----- Independent director
Chung Bong Pang became our independent director upon the declaration of effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Pang has served as the director in Avista Valuation Advisory Limited since June 2010. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Pang was an associate director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Beijing. Prior to that, he was a manager of the financial valuation group of American Appraisal China Limited from 2005 to 2007, and an associate director of BMI Group in Hong Kong from 2000 to 2005. Mr. Pang received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New South Wales in 1999 where he majored in accounting and finance. He is a certified practicing accountant in Australia and a certified public accountant under the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Li-Lan Cheng ----- Independent director
Li-Lan Cheng has been our director since October 2010. He has been the chief operating officer of E-House (China) Holdings Limited, a real estate services company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, since April 2012 and served as its chief financial officer from November 2006 to April 2012. He is also an independent director of Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co. Ltd., a quick service restaurant chain listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to joining E-House (China) Holdings Limited, Mr. Cheng served from 2005 to 2006 as the chief financial officer of SouFun Holdings Limited, China’s leading real estate Internet company. He was a partner at China Real Estate Investment and Management Co., Ltd. from 2004 to 2005. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Cheng served as an executive director and the chief financial officer of SOHO China Limited, a real estate developer in Beijing. Mr. Cheng was an assistant director and the head of Asian transportation sector investment banking group of ABN AMRO Asia from 1997-2002. Mr. Cheng received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Cheng is a chartered financial analyst.
Yaping Si ----- Independent director
Yaping Si, became our independent director in 2011. She has over 30 years of experience in agriculture and vegetable cultivation research. Ms. Si currently serves as the director of the Facility Horticulture Branch of the Chinese Society of Horticultural Science and the director of the Beijing Vegetable Institute. From 1979 to 2007, she worked in the National Engineering Research Centre for Vegetables, focusing on vegetable breeding and modern vegetable cultivation techniques. While at the National Engineering Research Centre for Vegetables, she headed its Vegetable Cultivation Research Laboratory. Ms. Si has hosted and participated in a number of research projects commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fishery, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Science and Technology, and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Rural Affairs, and won a number of awards for her work. Ms. Si graduated from the Biology Department of Peking University with a bachelor's degree in plant physiology and biochemistry in 1978.
Auke G. Cnossen ----- Chief financial officer
Auke G. Cnossen has been our chief financial officer since September 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cnossen held various positions at Rabobank International since July 2004, including the director of mergers & acquisitions and corporate advisory for Northeast Asia region, the head of food & agribusiness research and strategic advisory for Northeast Asia region and the senior associate in the mergers and acquisitions group and the leveraged finance group. From 2001 to 2002, he worked as an internal consultant in the research and development department of Unilever Bestfoods in the Netherlands. He served as a research fellow in the food science department of University of Arkansas from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Cnossen received an MBA degree from Cornell University in 2004 and a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 1997.
Hang Chen ----- Vice president of operations
Hang Chen has been our vice president of operations since May 2010 and joined our company in 2008. Mr. Chen has over ten years of managerial and operational experience in vegetable cultivation in China. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Chen was a private consultant advising on various farming projects in China. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Chen was an executive director in Chaoda Modern Agriculture (Holdings) Ltd., a vegetable production company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, where he was in charge of the administration and personnel management. From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Chen worked as a manager in Fujian Semi-Conductor Device Factory. Mr. Chen graduated from Minjiang College in 1990 where he majored in business administration.
Wenlie Ma ----- Vice president of sales
Wenlie Ma has been our vice president of sales since April 2010 and has served as the president of Land V. Ltd (Fujian) since 2004. Prior to joining us, Mr. Ma co-founded Fuzhou Jinguan Real Estate Company and managed this company and Fujian Longfeng Investment Company Limited from 2000 to 2004. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Ma was a sales representative in the Fujian Huafu Company. Prior to that, Mr. Ma was a sales representative in the Fujian branch of China National Machinery and Equipment Import & Export Corporation from 1985 to 1993. Mr. Ma graduated from Fuzhou Technical School in 1985 and studied in Shanghai Mechanical Engineering Institute, School of Continuing Education from 1988 to 1989. Mr. Ma was qualified by Fujian Bureau Human Resources as an engineer in 2000 and an assistant engineer in 1988.
Dan Ma ----- Production base development director
Dan Ma has been our production base development director since June 2010. Ms. Ma joined our company in 2005 after she received her college diploma from Liaodong College in 2005 where she majored in agricultural studies. Ms. Ma has held various positions in our company, including the deputy general manager, the assistant general manager and the processing facilities supervisor of Linong Agricultural Technology (Huizhou) Co. Ltd., one of our operating subsidiaries in Guangdong province.