Mr. LUO Yan -
Mr. Luo Yan, aged 57, joined the Group in November 2017 and is currently a vice president of the new business division. Mr. Luo graduated from the China Textile University and Fudan University, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration respectively. Mr. Luo joined General Mills China as national sales director in 1999; he held the position of vice president (Greater China) in 2008 and was responsible for overseeing Wanchai Ferry Business Department in the Greater China region and sales in China region. In 2013, Mr. Luo took up the role of global business director of Häagen-Dazs at General Mills Minnesota Headquarters. He continued to be the vice president (Greater China) of General Mills in 2014, and was responsible for sales in China Region, as well as the retail and food and beverage business department of Häagen-Dazs.
Mr. Zhao Jiejun -
Mr. Zhao Jiejun, aged 42, joined the Group in 2000 and is currently an assistant vice president and the general manager of the milk sources business department of the Group, being responsible for the operation and management of the milk sources business department. Mr. Zhao graduated from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a postgraduate qualification. Mr. Zhao has served successively as greater regional sales manager, sales director, general manager of operation and general manager of planning and logistics of the Group. Mr. Zhao has 18 years of experience in dairy industry, with extensive experiences in sales management of ice cream and liquid milk, as well as capabilities of total-chain conceptualization for supply chain management. He is visionary with keen market insight towards dairy industry in China. Mr. Zhao is also a non-executive director of China Modern Dairy, a listed company in Hong Kong.
Mr. ZHANG Zhaoxu -
Mr. Zhang Zhaoxu, aged 45, joined the Group in July 2017, and is currently a vice president of human resources. He graduated from the Southeast University and Tianjin University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in management respectively. Mr. Zhang had worked for various Fortune Global 500 enterprises between 1996 and 2012, holding management roles in human resources. In 2013, he joined China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd as general manager of the human resources centre of City Developments Group. He joined Glaxosmithkline (China) Investment Co. Ltd as human resources director of consumer healthcare products business (China region) in 2015.
Mr. YU Weizu -
Mr. Yu Weizu, aged 52, joined the Group in June 2017, and is currently a vice president in research and development and innovation. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and Seton Hall University in the United States, and obtained a Doctoral Degree in Food Science and Master’s Degree in Business Administration respectively. Mr. Yu joined the Shanghai Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences after graduation from Fudan University in 1986; and he worked as a scientist and research and development director in companies like PepsiCo Group, Dupont, Kraft, etc. in the United States from 1994 to 2009; he joined BIMBO as vice president of research and development in 2009; he was selected as the distinguished expert of the Thousand Talents Plan and joined COFCO as chief scientist of Nutrition Health Research Institute in 2012; he joined Ingredion Group as the vice president of research and development in 2014.
Mr. YANG Zhigang -
Mr. Yang Zhigang, aged 46, joined the Group in June 2017, and is currently a vice president of safety and quality management. He graduated from the Huazhong Agricultural University and Central China Normal University, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology and Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Economics respectively. Mr. Yang joined the Hubei Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau as deputy section manager, section manager and deputy director of the office in 1995; and he joined the registration and administration department of Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China as researcher, department head and vice inspector in 2002; he joined COFCO as general manager and vice director of the quality and safety management department, vice director of the audit and legal risk control department in 2013.
Mr. ZHANG Yong -
Mr. Zhang Yong, aged 42, joined the Group in September 2017, and is currently a vice president of strategic management. Mr. Zhang graduated from Nanjing University and Duke University in the United States and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration respectively. Mr. Zhang joined P&G company as assistant brand manager of its marketing department in 1996; he joined Reckitt Benckiser (China) Co. Ltd. as marketing manager in 2000 while joining Boston Consulting Group as project manager in 2006; in 2010, he worked as the strategic executive director of Greater China region upon joining Starbucks Corporate Management Company Limited and he joined Booz & Company in 2010 as director of Greater China region; he joined McKinsey & Company as global vice managing partner in 2014; in 2015, he joined Sanpower Group as vice president.
Mr. Jeffrey, Minfang Lu - Executive Director
Mr. Lu Minfang, aged 50, was appointed as an executive director and chief executive officer of the Company in September 2016. Mr. Lu is the chairman and a non-executive director of Yashili International Holdings Ltd (“Yashili”), a subsidiary of the Company listed in Hong Kong and the chairman and a non-executive director of China Modern Dairy Holdings Limited (“China Modern Dairy”), an associate of the Company listed in Hong Kong. He was the chief executive officer and an executive director of Yashili before his appointment as chairman of the board of directors of Yashili. Mr. Lu was also a director of the following subsidiaries of Yashili, namely Yashili International Ltd., Yashili International Group Limited, Newou Hong Kong International Co., Limited and Scient International Group Limited. Mr. Lu was the Vice President (Greater China) of Danone Early Life Nutrition Greater China and had been with Danone Group and Dumex Baby Food Co. Ltd. for over 10 years. During his tenure at Danone Group, he demonstrated strong strategic business and market planning capabilities. With strong leadership, management skills and in-depth market knowledge, Mr. Lu had contributed significantly to the success of Danone Group’s baby nutrition business in China. Prior to joining Danone Group, Mr. Lu spent 9 years with Johnson & Johnson (China) Company Limited and almost 4 years with General Electric Company (China). Mr. Lu has over 18 years of experience in sales and marketing and has been in general manager or senior executive roles for over 7 years. Mr. Lu has extensive experience in the management of fast moving consumer products and dairy companies and has an excellent grasp and in-depth knowledge of the PRC market. Mr. Lu obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Fudan University in Shanghai.
Ms. Wu Wenting - Executive Director
Ms. Wu Wenting, aged 55, was appointed as an executive director of the Company in September 2016. Ms. Wu was the executive deputy general manager and chief financial officer of China Foods Limited, a company listed in Hong Kong, until September 2016. Ms. Wu joined COFCO Group in 1992 and was the director of the Audit and Discipline Department of COFCO Corporation from 2006 to March 2014. Ms. Wu also held various positions in COFCO Group, including the deputy general manager of the Finance Department of China Liang Feng Grains Import & Export Company from 1994 to 2000 and the general manager of the Finance Department of COFCO Oils & Grains Co., Ltd. from 2000 to 2006. Ms. Wu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Beijing Technology and Business University and a Master of Arts degree in professional accounting from Central University of Finance and Economics and has extensive experience in financial management and auditing.
Mr. Chen Lang - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Chen Lang, aged 53, is currently a vice president of COFCO Corporation and the chairman of COFCO WOMAI.COM Investment Limited (中糧我買網投資有限公司), a non-executive director and the chairman of the board of China Foods Limited (a company listed in Hong Kong), and a director and the chairman of the board of each of COFCO Coca-Cola Beverages Limited and COFCO Coca-Cola Beverages (China) Investment Ltd., both of which are non-wholly owned subsidiaries of China Foods Limited. Mr. Chen is also currently an executive director and the chairman of the board of directors of China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company Limited (a company listed in Hong Kong), a vice chairman of the board of directors and a member of strategy committee of Shanxi Xinghuacun Fen Wine Factory Co., Limited (山西杏花村汾酒廠股份有限公司) (a company listed in Shanghai), a director of CRH (Beer) Limited, a director and the chairman of the board of directors of China Resources Enterprise, Limited and the chairman of China Resources Snow Breweries (China) Investment Co., Ltd.. Prior to joining COFCO Corporation, Mr. Chen was the executive vice president of China Resources (Holdings) Company Limited until April 2019. In the past, Mr. Chen had also served as a director of China Resources Company Limited (formerly known as China Resources National Corporation), the chief executive of China Resources Vanguard Co., Ltd., the chairman of each of China Resources Ng Fung Limited and China Resources C’estbon Beverage (China) Investment Co., Ltd. and a vice chairman and the chief executive officer of China Resources Logic Limited (now renamed as China Resources Gas Group Limited). Mr. Chen is currently the visiting professor of Anhui University, China. Mr. Chen holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Anhui University, China and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Francisco, USA
Mr. Niu Gensheng - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Niu Gensheng, aged 61, is a non-executive director of the Company, a member of the founding team of Yili Group, the founder of Inner Mongolia Mengniu Dairy (Group) Company Limited and the founder of Laoniu Foundation. Mr. Niu graduated from the Inner Mongolia University with a degree in Administration and Management and obtained a Master’s degree in Enterprise Management from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School. With extensive experience in and insights of China’s dairy industry, Mr. Niu enjoys high reputation in the industry. In 2007, Mr. Niu was elected as one of “China’s Most Influential Business Leaders” for the fifth year, and was honoured the “2007 Hong Kong Bauhinia Award.” Mr. Niu is devoted to charity. He was on the list of “China’s Top 10 Philanthropists” published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the PRC in 2007 and ranked third in the “2007 Hurun Top 10 for Charity”, and was presented the first and only “Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award” by the “China Philanthropists List” in 2010.
Mr. Tim Ørting Jørgensen - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Tim Ørting Jørgensen, aged 54, was appointed as a non- executive director of the Company in April 2016. He was a non- executive director of the Company during the period from July 2012 to September 2013. Mr. Jørgensen graduated from the Copenhagen Business School in 1991 with a Master of Economics degree, specialising in international strategy and marketing. He joined Arla Foods amba (“Arla”) in 1991 and has held several management positions in Arla’s international business group, including working three years in the Middle East and three years in Brazil. In 2005, he became the business group director for Arla’s Danish division and, in 2007, he was appointed as executive vice president, responsible for Arla’s international activities outside Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. In 2012, he was appointed to lead Arla’s newly established German/Dutch business group, with the objective of establishing Arla as a leading dairy company in Germany through mergers and acquisitions. Throughout his 28 years in Arla, Mr. Jørgensen has acquired extensive management experience in international sales, brand building, supply chain efficiency and general management. Mr. Jørgensen has especially been focused on growing the business significantly both organically and through acquisitions.
Mr. Pascal DE PETRINI - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Pascal De Petrini, aged 59, was appointed as a non- executive director of the Company in December 2017. He is currently Senior Vice President and Non-Executive Chairman Asia at Danone. Mr. De Petrini has been working as senior management in the food and beverage industry for more than 30 years. His experience covers the full range of businesses, including sales and purchase, factory management, supply chain, among others. Mr. De Petrini joined Danone in 1984 and worked in France in the areas of project management, factory demand and supply planning, and sales as business development director and strategic committee member. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. De Petrini was the general manager of Danone’s biscuits business in China. Mr. De Petrini returned to Paris in 2002 to work in the headquarters of Danone as General Manager of Themis (global SAP program roll-out) until 2004. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. De Petrini worked in Indonesia as general manager of Aqua, a bottled water company of Danone. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. De Petrini worked as vice president of Danone’s water business in Asia Pacific and was responsible for the water and beverage business in China, Indonesia and New Zealand. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. De Petrini worked as vice president of Danone’s early life nutrition business in Asia Pacific and was responsible for ten countries in the region, including China. In 2011, Mr. De Petrini joined Fraser & Neave Ltd, a listed company engaged in the food and beverage business across the Asia Pacific region, as Chief Executive Officer until 2013, when he joined the Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd as managing director of its businesses in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. In 2015, Mr. De Petrini returned to Danone as Executive Vice President of Strategic Resource Cycles till he took on his current role in 2017. Mr. De Petrini graduated from École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy in France with a Master of Science in Engineering degree in 1981 and obtained a Master of Science in Management degree from ESSEC Business School in France in 1983.
Mr. Jiao Shuge (alias Jiao Zhen) - Vice-Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Jiao Shuge (alias Jiao Zhen), aged 53, was appointed as a non-executive director of the Company in February 2004 and is a vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Company. Mr. Jiao was redesignated from a non-executive director of the Company to an independent non-executive director of the Company with effect from 12 April 2012. Mr. Jiao joined the Group in September 2002 and is currently a director and managing partner of CDH China Management Company Limited. Mr. Jiao received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Shandong University and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the No. 2 Research Institute of the Ministry of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Currently, Mr. Jiao also serves as a non-executive director and deputy chairman of WH Group Limited and an independent non-executive director of China Southern Airlines Company Limited, both companies listed in Hong Kong, a director of Joyoung Company Limited and a director of Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co., Ltd., both companies listed in Shenzhen. Mr. Jiao was a non-executive director of China Shanshui Cement Group Limited, a company listed in Hong Kong, from 30 November 2005 to 16 May 2014.
Mr. Julian Juul Wolhardt - Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Julian Juul Wolhardt, aged 45, was appointed as a non- executive director of the Company in January 2006 and was redesignated from a non-executive director of the Company to an independent non-executive director of the Company with effect from 12 April 2012. Mr. Wolhardt is currently the chief executive officer of DCP Advisors, Limited focusing on private equity transactions in the Greater China region. Mr. Wolhardt was previously with KKR Asia Limited and Morgan Stanley responsible for private equity business in China. Mr. Wolhardt is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in the United States. Mr. Wolhardt currently serves as a non-executive director of China Modern Dairy and a non-executive director of COFCO Meat Holdings Limited, both companies listed in Hong Kong. He is now also a director of Fujian Sunner Development Co., Ltd, a company listed in Shenzhen, and an independent director of Niu Technologies, a company listed on NASDAQ. He was an independent non-executive director of China Cord Blood Corporation, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, from April 2012 to May 2015.
Mr. Zhang Xiaoya - Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Zhang Xiaoya, aged 56, was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the Company in May 2009. Mr. Zhang is a graduate of the Shandong University and the school of management at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a senior engineer. He is currently the chairman of Zhong Ding United Dairy Farming Co., Ltd (中鼎聯合牧業股份有限公司), as well as the chairman of Beijing Xindajiading Investment Company Limited (北京信達嘉鼎投資有限公司), an independent non-executive director of New Focus Auto Tech Holdings Limited, a company listed in Hong Kong, and an independent director of Guangzhou Zhujiang Digital Group (廣州珠江數碼集團). Mr. Zhang previously served as a director and president of AirMedia Group Inc., a company listed on NASDAQ, and the chairman of Unibank Media (銀廣通傳媒集團).
Mr. Yau Ka Chi - Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Yau Ka Chi, aged 61, was appointed as an independent non- executive director of the Company in October 2016. Mr. Yau has over 30 years of professional accounting experience including 20 years in serving China enterprises. He had worked for Ernst & Young for over 20 years in its Hong Kong, Toronto and Beijing offices with primary focus on providing professional services in accounting and audit, initial public offering, and corporate restructuring before retiring in September 2015. During his professional career with Ernst & Young, Mr. Yau was appointed as the Professional Practice Director of Greater China from July 2007 to June 2009, the Assurance Leader for Northern China Region from July 2010 to June 2014, the Oil & Gas Industry Leader of Greater China from May 2012 to June 2015 and the Assurance Leader of the Energy & Resources Markets Segment of Greater China from July 2013 to June 2015. Mr. Yau is currently an independent non-executive director of Yihai International Holding Ltd. and China Power International Development Limited, both companies listed in Hong Kong. Mr. Yau holds a professional diploma in company secretaryship and administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic (now known as the Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Yau also holds a certified public accountant license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the United States.
Mr. Zhang Ping -
Mr. Zhang Ping, aged 54, graduated from the Beijing Information Science and Technology University with a Master’s Degree in Management Engineering. Mr. Zhang, who joined the Group in 2014, is currently the chief financial officer of the Group. He has over 24 years of experience in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, specializing in management of operation, finance and audit, as well as risk control. Mr. Zhang worked in Swire Beverages group companies as manager responsible for internal audit and system development, finance director, general manager of bottler manufacturing company and chief executive officer of Coca- Cola Bottlers Manufacturing Holdings Limited. Mr. Zhang is also a non-executive director of Yashili and China Modern Dairy, both companies listed in Hong Kong.
Mr. Gao Fei -
Mr. Gao Fei, aged 42, is a vice president of the Group. Mr. Gao joined the Group in 1999, and successively held the positions of regional manager, center manager, sales director and general manager of the sales department and contributed to the rapid growth of the market share of Mengniu. Mr. Gao has abundant practical experience in sales, marketing and promotion of dairy products. In 2016, he was appointed as assistant vice president of the UHT business division. He is currently responsible for operation and management of the core business of the Group. Mr. Gao obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Shandong University, then an Executive Master in Business Administration degree from Tsinghua University.
Mr. WEN Yongping -
Mr. Wen Yongping, aged 44, joined the Group in 1999 and is currently a vice president of the Group and the general manager of the chilled products business department. Mr. Wen graduated from the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University and obtained a Master’s Degree in Food Engineering. Mr. Wen once served as the general manager of production direction centre, operations assistant vice president and milk sources vice president in the Group, and is experienced in production and operations management and milk sources management. Mr. Wen was a non-executive director of China Modern Dairy, a company listed in Hong Kong, until January 2019.