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 through 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 Group Corp., one of our major shareholders and a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, chairman of the Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce, as well as chairman of the China Entrepreneur Club. In May 2019, he was renamed as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocate by the United Nations. He has also served as co-chair of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation of the United Nations since July 2018.
Jack graduated from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute with a major in English language education.
Joe Tsai joined Alibaba Group in 1999 as a member of the founding team and has served on our board of directors since our inception. He was chief financial officer until 2013 and is currently our executive vice chairman. He serves on the investment committees of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial, and is a founding member of Alibaba Partnership.
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 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 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.
Daniel Zhang has been our chief executive officer since May 2015 and our director since September 2014. He is also currently a member of Ant Financial’s investment committee.
Prior to his current role, Daniel served as our chief operating officer from September 2013 to May 2015. He joined our company in August 2007 as chief financial officer of Taobao Marketplace and served in this position until June 2011. He took on the additional role of general manager for Tmall.com in August 2008, which he performed concurrently until his appointment as president of Tmall.com in June 2011 when Tmall.com became an independent platform.
Prior to joining Alibaba, Daniel served as chief financial officer of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, an online game developer and operator then listed on Nasdaq, from September 2005 to August 2007. From 2002 to 2005, he was a senior manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Audit and Business Advisory Division in Shanghai.
Daniel is the chairman of Sun Art, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He also serves on the board of Weibo, a company listed on the Nasdaq.
Daniel received a bachelor's degree in finance from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
J. Michael Evans has been our president since August 2015 and our director since September 2014.
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. In August 2014, he joined the board of Barrick Gold Corporation.
Michael received his bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University in 1981.
Maggie Wu has been our chief financial officer since May 2013 and head of strategic investments since June 2019.
Maggie joined our company in July 2007 as chief financial officer of Alibaba.com. She was voted best CFO in FinanceAsia's annual poll for Asia's Best Managed Companies in 2010. In 2018, she was named one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes.
Before joining Alibaba, Maggie was an audit partner at KPMG in Beijing.
Maggie is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). 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.
Since joining our company in 2000, Judy has served as director and senior director in various departments in our company, including administration, customer service and human resources. Between 2007 and 2013, she served as vice president and senior vice president in various departments, including construction, real estate and procurement.
Starting in 2013, Judy led the formation of Cainiao Network and served at various times as chief operating officer, president, chief executive officer and non-executive chairwoman, overseeing the operations of the company.
Judy received a bachelor's degree from Zhejiang University.
Jeff Zhang has served as our chief technology officer since April 2016 and president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence since November 2018.
Previously, 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 teams, the B2C development team, Alibaba.com's China operations, local services, 1688.com, and Tmall.com.
Jeff studied computer science at Zhejiang University.
Sophie Wu has been our chief customer officer since January 2017.
Prior to her current position, Sophie served as president of Alibaba.com and 1688.com, our international and China wholesale marketplaces. From October 2014 to February 2015, she also led the Rural Taobao team. Previously, she was vice president of Alibaba.com's supplier service division, responsible for leading her team to optimize service to China Gold Supplier members and enhancing supplier quality. In July 2012, she was appointed the head of Alibaba.com's international operations and later also took charge of 1688.com. 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.
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. He represents Alibaba on the NYSE Listed Company Advisory Board.
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.
Jessie Zhang has been our chief risk officer since December 2017, responsible for data and information security across our platforms, and our chief platform governance officer since December 2015, responsible for the governance of our retail and wholesale marketplaces.
Prior to her current position, Jessie served as our deputy chief financial officer from November 2013 to June 2016, and financial vice president of Alibaba.com from December 2010 to October 2013. Before joining our company, she was an audit partner at KPMG.
Jessie received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northeastern University in China.
Chris Tung joined our company as chief marketing officer in January 2016. He was also president of Alimama from November 2017 to November 2018.
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 is currently a director of Ruhnn Holding Limited, a company listed on Nasdaq.
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.
Trudy Dai joined our company in 1999 as a member of our founding team. Since January 2017, she has been president of 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.
Fan Jiang has served as president of Taobao since December 2017 and president of Tmall since March 2019. Prior to his current position, he had been responsible for the Taobao app since joining our company in August 2013.
Previously, Fan founded and served as chief executive officer of Umeng, a provider of mobile app analytics solutions for developers which Alibaba Group acquired. Before founding Umeng in 2010, he worked in product development at Google China.
Fan received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Fudan University.
Yvonne Chang rejoined our company as president of Alimama in November 2018. From May 2007 to April 2009, she was our vice president of pay-for-performance, search engine and monetization.
From August 2016 to November 2018, Yvonne was the executive vice president, Asia Pacific, of global advertising technology firm Criteo, where she oversaw operations in Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Prior to that, from December 2014 to May 2016, she was president of Eastern Broadcasting, one of Taiwan’s largest media companies, after working at Yahoo! from 2009 to 2014, where she was vice president of advertising solutions for Asia Pacific and managing director for India and Southeast Asia.
Yvonne brings more than 15 years of experience in leadership roles within the advertising technology industry. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Taiwan National Chengchi University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Luyuan Fan has served as president of our Digital Media & Entertainment Group since November 2018. He has been an executive director of Alibaba Pictures since January 2016, and currently serves as the chief executive officer and chairman of Alibaba Pictures.
Luyuan joined Alipay in 2007, where he served in a number of senior management positions, including the president of Alipay and the president of Ant Financial’s wealth management business.
Luyuan holds an executive master’s degree in business administration from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.