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. He is also the founder of the Zhejiang-based Jack Ma Foundation.
Jack currently serves on the board of SoftBank Corp., a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, chairman of the Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce, as well as chairman of the China Entrepreneur Club. In January 2016, he was named a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocate by the United Nations. In September 2016, he was named special adviser of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business, which holds the rank of assistant secretary-general of the United Nations.
Jack graduated from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute with a major in English language education.
Joseph C. Tsai joined our company in 1999 as one of our 18 founders. He served as our chief financial officer until May 2013 and is currently the executive vice chairman of the company. Joe oversees Alibaba's strategic acquisitions and investments. He has been a member of our board of directors since our inception, and is a founding member of the Alibaba Partnership, serving on our partnership committee.
Joe serves on the boards of several of Alibaba's investee companies, including Koubei (local services), Ele.me (food delivery), Cainiao Network (logistics) and Magic Leap.
From 1995 to 1999, Joe was a private equity investor based in Hong Kong with Investor AB, the main investment vehicle of Sweden's Wallenberg family. Prior to that, he was general counsel of Rosecliff, Inc., a New York management buyout firm, and from 1990 to 1993, was a tax associate with the New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
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 from Yale Law School.
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 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 Cainiao Network, 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 and became an independent business unit, Daniel was named president of Tmall. 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 serves on the board of Weibo, a company listed on NYSE.
Before joining Alibaba Group, Daniel served as chief financial officer of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, an online game developer and operator then listed on NASDAQ. 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.
J. Michael Evans was named president of Alibaba Group in August 2015. He is currently responsible for spearheading the company's public affairs across the Americas and Europe, while serving as special advisor to the chief executive officer on strategic initiatives in international markets. 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.
From August 2015 to November 2017, Michael was in charge of leading and executing Alibaba Group's international growth strategy for globalizing the company and expanding its business outside of China.
Michael served as vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from February 2008 until his retirement in 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 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 joined the board of Barrick Gold Corporation in August 2014 and was appointed as an independent board member of Castleton Commodities International LLC in October 2014.
Michael received his bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University in 1981.
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.
Judy Tong has been our chief people officer since January 2017, responsible for the company's talent and organizational culture which covers development, strategy formulation and implementation. She is also non-executive chairwoman of Cainiao Network and one of the founding members of the Alibaba Partnership.
Judy joined the company in 2000 and has served as director and senior director in departments including administration, customer service and human resources. Between 2007 and 2013, she served as vice president and senior vice president in departments including construction, real estate and procurement.
From 2013 to 2016, Judy led the formation of Cainiao Network and served as chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer, overseeing the operations of the company.
Judy currently also serves as a board member of YTO Express Group Co., Ltd., a leading express courier company in China listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Judy is a graduate of Zhejiang University.
Jeff Zhang has served as our chief technology officer since April 2016.
Prior to his current position, Jeff was president of China retail marketplaces from May 2015 to April 2016, and president of Taobao Marketplace and the wireless business division prior to that. 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.
Jeff studied computer science at Zhejiang University.
Sophie Wu has been our chief customer officer since January 2017.
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. From October 2014 to February 2015, she also led the Rural Taobao team. Prior to her current position, Sophie served as president of Alibaba.com and 1688.com, our international and China wholesale marketplaces.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Tung joined our company as chief marketing officer in January 2016. He has also been president of Alimama since December 2017.
Prior to his current position, Chris was the chief executive officer of VML China, a marketing agency, from October 2010 to January 2016. Before joining VML, he was at PepsiCo China from October 2004 to October 2010 where he served as vice president of marketing. Prior to that, Chris worked at Proctor & Gamble from 1995 to 1998, Gigamedia from 1998 to 2001 and L'Oréal from 2001 to 2003 in various senior management positions.
Chris received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University and a master's degree in industrial engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Simon Hu has been president of Alibaba Cloud since November 2014. Alibaba Cloud is currently our fastest-growing business and one of the top three players in the global cloud computing market.
Prior to his current position, Simon was engaged in developing new businesses within Alibaba Group and started AliFinance, which provided small and micro enterprises with loan services and was regarded as the prototype of China's "Internet + Finance” model.
Before joining our company, Simon worked in financial institutions including China Construction Bank and China Everbright Bank, accumulating over 10 years' experience in areas such as business and personal finance, financing for small and micro enterprises, and online credit systems. He now serves as an independent director of Zhejiang Daily Media Group Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and a non-executive director of Sinosoft Technology Group Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Simon received an executive MBA degree from China Europe International Business School.
Trudy Dai joined our company in 1999 as a member of our founding team. Since January 2017, she has been president of wholesale marketplaces responsible for Alibaba.com and 1688.com, our international and China wholesale marketplaces, as well as AliExpress, our international retail marketplace.
Prior to her current position, Trudy was our chief customer officer from June 2014 to January 2017. She 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.
Jessie Zhang was named our chief risk officer in December 2017, responsible for data and information security across our platforms. She has also been our chief platform governance officer since December 2015, in charge of the governance of our retail and wholesale marketplaces.
Jessie served as financial vice president of Alibaba.com from December 2010 to October 2013 and deputy chief financial officer of Alibaba Group from November 2013 to June 2016. Before joining our company in 2010, Jessie was an audit partner at KPMG.
Jessie received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Northeastern University in China.
Angel Zhao has been the head of Alibaba Globalization Leadership Group since July 2017. She has also served as vice president of Ant Financial Services since May 2013.
Angel served as vice president of finance of Taobao, Tmall and Alimama from October 2009 to April 2013. Prior to that, she served as senior director of finance of Yahoo! China.
Before joining our company in 2005, Angel was the finance director of Danaher Motion, a manufacturer of motion control products.
Angel is a certified public accountant and a certified public valuer. She received an executive MBA degree from China Europe International Business School and a master's degree in accounting from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics.
Weidong Yang has served as president of Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group since December 2017. He has also served as president of our Youku business group since October 2016. Prior to that, he headed the operations of the Youku business group and other digital media and entertainment businesses in various senior executive roles since joining our company in May 2016.
Before joining Alibaba Group, Weidong was an executive officer of Youku Tudou, serving as president of Tudou.com from March 2013 to May 2016. Before joining Youku Tudou, he served as chief executive officer of Max Times, a youth entertainment content and marketing company, from November 2011 to March 2013. From January 2009 to November 2011, he served as marketing activation director of Nokia Greater China, where he held various positions in advertising and marketing.
Weidong received a bachelor's degree in Chinese literature from Hohai University in Nanjing.