For the biographies of our directors, please visit the Board of Directors page under the Investor Relations section.
Jack Ma is our lead founder and, since May 2013, has served as our executive chairman. From our founding in 1999 until May 2013, Jack served as our chairman and chief executive officer.
Jack currently serves on the board of SoftBank Corp., one of our major shareholders and a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also chair of The Nature Conservancy's China board of directors and a member of its global board of directors. In September 2013, he joined the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation as a director. In August 2014, Jack was elected to the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. In January 2016, he was named a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocate by the United Nations.
Jack graduated from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute with a major in English language education.
Daniel Zhang joined Alibaba Group in 2007 and was named chief executive officer in May 2015. He serves on Alibaba Group’s board of directors and is a founding member of the Alibaba Partnership.
Over the past eight years, Daniel has held top management positions across the organization, most recent serving as chief operating officer. In this role, Daniel oversaw the operations of all Alibaba Group businesses in China and internationally. He led the company’s ongoing transition to mobile and built China Smart Logistics, a comprehensive global logistics network. Daniel also leads several of Alibaba Group’s strategic investments, including Haier, Intime Retail and Singapore Post.
Daniel first joined the company as chief financial officer of Taobao Marketplace in August 2007. In 2008, he was appointed chief operating officer of Taobao Marketplace and general manager of Taobao Mall. Under Daniel’s leadership, Taobao Mall rapidly became one of Alibaba Group’s most important businesses. When Taobao Mall was rebranded as Tmall.com and became an independent business unit, Daniel was named president of Tmall.com. Daniel was the key architect of 11.11, Alibaba Group’s annual signature event on November 11 and the world’s largest online shopping phenomenon.
Daniel is chairman of Intime Retail, and serves on the boards of directors of Haier, a company listed on the SEHK, and Weibo, a company listed on NYSE. He is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.
Before joining Alibaba Group, Daniel served as chief financial officer of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, a NASDAQ-listed online game developer and operator. Prior to that he was a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Audit and Business Advisory Division in Shanghai.
Daniel received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
Maggie Wu has been our chief financial officer since May 2013. She served as our deputy chief financial officer from October 2011 to May 2013.
Maggie joined our company in July 2007 as chief financial officer of Alibaba.com and was responsible for instituting Alibaba.com's financial systems and organization leading up to its initial public offering in Hong Kong in November of that year, as well as co-leading the privatization of Alibaba.com in 2012. She was voted best CFO in FinanceAsia's annual poll for Asia's Best Managed Companies in 2010.
Before joining our company, Maggie was an audit partner at KPMG in Beijing. In her 15 years with KPMG, she was lead audit partner for the initial public offerings and audits of several major large-cap Chinese companies listed in international capital markets and provided audit and advisory services to major multinational corporations operating in China.
Maggie is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Capital University of Economics and Business.
Joe Tsai joined our company in 1999 as a member of the Alibaba founding team and has served as our executive vice chairman since May 2013. He previously served as our chief financial officer and has been a member of our board of directors since our formation.
From 1995 to 1999, Joe worked in Hong Kong with Investor AB, the main investment vehicle of Sweden's Wallenberg family, where he was responsible for Asian private equity investments. Prior to that, he was vice president and general counsel of Rosecliff, Inc., a management buyout firm based in New York. From 1990 to 1993, Joe was an associate attorney in the tax group of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a New York-based international law firm. Joe serves on the boards of directors of several of our investee companies.
Joe is qualified to practice law in the State of New York. He received his bachelor's degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale College and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School.
Jane Jiang joined our company in 1999 as a member of our founding team and was appointed our chief people officer in April 2016. She is currently responsible for strategy and execution of our talent and organizational culture development and overseeing our integrity department.
Jane has held a number of senior management roles in different departments within the company, at different times leading TrustPass product planning, business analysis, global operations, website operations and marketing for Alibaba.com, as well as credit system development. Prior to her current position, she was our deputy chief people officer.
Jane received a bachelor's degree in industry and foreign trade from the Hangzhou Institute of Electrical Engineering.
Jianhang Jin joined our company in 1999 as a member of our founding team and was appointed president of our company in August 2014.
Prior to his current position, Jianhang served as senior vice president of corporate affairs from September 2009 to July 2014 and from March 2007 to December 2007. He also served as general manager of China Yahoo! (later Yahoo! Koubei) from January 2008 to August 2009 and was vice president of human resources and the CEO office from January 2006 to February 2007. As a founding member, he has served in a variety of other management roles at different times since our company's inception, including heading the marketing and website operations functions for one of our marketplaces.
Jianhang received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Fudan University.
J. Michael Evans was named president of our company in August 2015. As president, Michael is responsible for leading and executing Alibaba Group's international growth strategy for globalizing the company and expanding its business outside of China. He also serves as a member of Alibaba's board, having served as an independent director since the company's initial public offering in September 2014.
Michael served as vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from February 2008 until December 2013. He served as chairman of Asia operations at Goldman Sachs from 2004 to 2013 and was the global head of Growth Markets at Goldman Sachs from January 2011 to December 2013. He also co-chaired the Business Standards Committee of Goldman Sachs from 2010 to 2013. Michael joined Goldman Sachs in 1993, became a partner of the firm in 1994 and held various leadership positions within the firm's securities business while based in New York and London, including global head of equity capital markets and global co-head of the equities division, and global co-head of the securities business.
Michael is chairman of the board of Right To Play USA and a board member of City Harvest. He is also a trustee of the Asia Society and a member of the Advisory Council for the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Barrick Gold Corporation and Castleton Commodities International LLC.
Michael received his bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University in 1981.
Sophie Wu is president of Alibaba.com and 1688.com, our international and China wholesale marketplaces.
Sophie joined our company in November 2000 and has served in several sales management roles, including general manager of regional sales, director and vice president of China Gold Supplier sales, and vice president of China TrustPass sales. Later, Sophie became vice president of Alibaba.com's supplier service division, responsible for leading her team to optimize service to China Gold Supplier members and enhance supplier quality. In March 2012, she was appointed the head of Alibaba.com's international operations and later also took charge of 1688.com.
Before joining Alibaba Group, Sophie was sales and customer manager at a technology development company wholly owned by Zhejiang University.
Sophie holds a bachelor's degree in international trade from Zhejiang University and an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School.
Jeff Zhang has been president of Alibaba Group’s Enabling Platform business unit since December 2015. The unit consists of the search, e-commerce services platform, and data technology and product divisions. He was also named chief technology officer in April 2016.
Prior to his current position, Jeff was president of China retail marketplaces, overseeing the operations of Taobao Marketplace, Tmall.com and Juhuasuan. He joined our company in July 2004 and has held various management positions, at different times leading Taobao Marketplace's technology infrastructure team, the B2C development team and Taobao Marketplace's product technology development team from 2004 to 2011. He served as vice president of product technology and operations of Taobao Marketplace from June 2011 to March 2012, and vice president of website and technology of Alibaba.com's China operations from March 2012 to January 2013. From January 2013 to February 2014, he oversaw Juhuasuan, local services, 1688.com, and Tmall.com. He has also been president of Taobao Marketplace and the wireless business division.
Jeff studied computer science at Zhejiang University.
Simon Hu has been president of Alibaba Cloud since November 2014.
Prior to his current position, Simon served in various management positions at our company and at Ant Financial Services Group since he joined us in June 2005. He served as chief risk officer of Ant Financial Services Group from November 2013 to October 2014. From July 2009 to November 2013, he was general manager of our SME loan business.
Before joining our company, Simon worked in financial institutions including China Construction Bank and China Everbright Bank for over 10 years.
Simon received a bachelor's degree in finance from Zhejiang University and an executive MBA degree from China Europe International Business School.
Yongfu Yu has served as president of Alibaba Group's mobile Internet division and Alimama since May 2015.
Prior to his current position, Yongfu served as president of UCWeb after he joined our company in June 2014 and president of AutoNavi from March 2015. From 2006 to June 2014, he was chairman and chief executive officer of UCWeb before it became our wholly-owned subsidiary. Prior to that, he was a vice president and associate with Legend Capital from 2001 to 2006.
Yongfu also serves as an independent director and a member of the audit committee of Xunlei Limited, a NASDAQ-listed company. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Nankai University.
Zhenfei Liu has been our chief risk officer since May 2015, responsible for data and information security across our platforms.
Prior to his current position, Zhenfei served in various management positions since he joined us in 2006. He was head of our infrastructure services division from September 2009 to May 2015, and concurrently served as head of our security technology division from May 2014 to May 2015. Prior to those roles, he was head of Alimama's advertising technology team.
Zhenfei received his bachelor's degree in computer science from University of Science and Technology Beijing and holds a master's degree in computer science from Peking University.
Trudy Dai joined our company in 1999 as a member of our founding team and has been our chief customer officer since June 2014.
Prior to her current position, Trudy served as senior vice president of human resources and administration of Taobao and Alibaba.com as well as our deputy chief people officer and chief people officer from 2009 to 2014. She was general manager of Alibaba.com's international operations from 2007 to 2008. Prior to that, she was vice president of human resources of China Yahoo! and the first general manager of Alibaba.com's Guangzhou branch, in charge of field and telephone sales, marketing and human resources in Guangdong Province. From 2002 to 2005, Trudy served as senior sales director of China TrustPass in Alibaba.com's China marketplace division.
Trudy received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Hangzhou Institute of Electrical Engineering.
Tim Steinert has been our general counsel since July 2007 and also serves as our secretary.
From 1999 until he joined our company, Tim was a partner in the Hong Kong office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. From 1994 to 1999, he was an associate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Hong Kong and New York, and from 1989 to 1994, he was an associate attorney at Coudert Brothers in Beijing and New York.
Tim is qualified to practice law in the State of New York and in Hong Kong. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale College and a juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Jian Wang has served as chairman of our technology steering committee since May 2015.
Jian was chief technology officer from August 2012 to April 2016 and served as our chief architect from the time he joined our company in September 2008. He also served as president of Alibaba Cloud from its inception in September 2009 until September 2013.
Before joining our company, Jian was assistant managing director at Microsoft Research Asia, where he had served since 1999. Prior to that, he worked at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China as a professor and head of the psychology department.
Jian serves on the board of directors of Meizu Technology Corporation Limited. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a Ph.D in engineering from Hangzhou University.