J. Michael EVANS has been our president since August 2015 and our director since September 2014. In May 2023 he was appointed Chairman of the Alibaba International Digital Commerce business.
Prior to joining Alibaba Group, Mike spent 30 years in global finance. Mike served as Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from February 2008 until his retirement in December 2013. Mike served as chairman of Asia operations at Goldman Sachs from 2004 to 2013. Mike 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.
Mike is a trustee of the Asia Society and a member of the Advisory Council for the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. In August 2014, Mike joined the board and is currently an independent director of Barrick Gold Corporation, and from December 2020 to December 2023, he was a non-executive director of Farfetch Limited, both companies listed on the NYSE.
Mike received his bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University in 1981, and won an Olympic gold medal for his home country Canada as a member of the men's eights rowing team in the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics.