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Management Team

MA,Huateng (Pony Ma)
Core Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Pony Ma, one of the Core Founders, Executive Director, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tencent. Pony oversees the strategic development, overall direction and management of the Group. Before he founded Tencent in 1998, Pony was in charge of research and development for Internet paging system development at China Motion Telecom Development Limited, a telecommunications services and products provider in China. He has over 20 years of experience in telecommunication and Internet industries. Pony received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Shenzhen University in 1993.

LAU, Chi Ping (Martin Lau)
President

Martin Lau, President of Tencent. Martin joined Tencent in 2005 as the Chief Strategy and Investment Officer and was responsible for corporate strategies, investment, M&A and investor relations. In 2006, Martin was promoted to President and managed the day-to-day operation of the Company. In 2007, he was appointed Executive Director of the board. Prior to Tencent, Martin was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C's investment banking division and the Chief Operating Officer of its Telecom, Media and Technology Group. Prior to that, Martin worked at Mckinsey & Company, Inc. as a management consultant. Martin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

ZHANG, Zhidong (Tony Zhang)
Core Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Tony Zhang, one of the Core Founders, Chief Technology Officer of Tencent. Tony oversees the development of the Company’s proprietary technologies, including the basic IM platform and massive-scale online application systems. Before he founded the Company in 1998, Tony worked at Li Ming Network Group focusing on research and development of software and network application systems. He has more than 17 years of experience in the telecommunications and Internet industries. Tony received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Shenzhen University in 1993 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Application and System Structure from South China University of Technology in 1996.

XU, Chenye (Daniel Xu)
Core Founder, Chief Information Officer

Daniel Xu ,Chief Information Officer, oversees the strategic planning and development for the website properties and communities, customer relations and public relations of the Company. Mr. Xu is one of the core founders and before joining Tencent, he worked inShenzhen Data Telecommunications Bureau with experience in software system design, network administration as well as marketing and sales management. Mr. Xu received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Shenzhen University in 1993 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University in 1996.

REN, Yuxin (Mark Ren)
Chief Operation Officer, President of Interactive Entertainment Group and Mobile Internet Group

RenYuxin was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the Company in May 2012, leading the overall operation of Interactive Entertainment Group, Mobile Internet Group and Social Network Group. Mark joined Tencent in 2000 and served as General Manager for value-added services department and later Interactive Entertainment department. In September 2005, Mr.Ren was promoted to oversee research and development, operations, marketing and sales of gaming products for the Interactive Entertainment Business division. Prior to Tencent, he worked in Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Mr. Ren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 1998 and an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 2008.

James Mitchell
Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Executive Vice President

James Gordon Mitchell, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, joined the Company in August 2011. He is responsible for the Company’s strategic planning and implementation, and investor relations since 2012. Prior to Tencent, Mr. Mitchell was a managing director at Goldman Sachs in New York, leading its Communications, Media and Entertainment research team. He had more than 16 years’ experience in investment banking. Mr. Mitchell received a Bachelor degree from Oxford University and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst Certification.

SY Lau
Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent and President of its Online Media Group

SY joined Tencent in 2006 and oversees Tencent Online Media Group which includes Tencent News Portal, Tencent Video, Tencent Weibo, Tencent Weishi and a diversity of mobile media products such as Tencent News and Tencent Portfolio.SY is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in the media and marketing industry. SY received his EMBA from Rutgers State University, USA. As an alumni of Harvard Business School, he completed the Advanced Marketing Management Program in 2007, and AMP (Advanced Management Program) in 2010.

TONG, Taosang (Dowson Tong)
President of Social Network Group, Senior Executive Vice President

Tong Tao Sang, Senior Executive Vice President and President of Social Network Group, joined the Company in 2005. Mr. Tong started as a technical architect, and led the product development of social network platform of the Company, Qzone. Since May 2012, Mr. Tong has been responsible for the QQ instant messaging and social networking platforms, VIP subscriptions, the open-platform and cloud services. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Tong worked in Sendmail, Inc. managing the product development of operator-scale messaging systems. Mr. Tong also worked in Oracle on the development and testing of Oracle Server and Oracle Applications. Mr. Tong received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994 and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1997.

Zhang, Xiaolong (Allen Zhang)
President of Weixin Group, Senior Executive Vice President

Zhang Xiaolong, Senior Executive Vice President and President of Weixin Group, joined the Company in March 2005 and served as the General Manager for the Guangzhou R&D division. He led the QQ Mail team to grow into the largest email service provider in China. He was promoted to Corporate Vice President later and since September 2012, became Senior Vice President in charge of the product and team management of Weixin /Wechat and QQ Mail. He is also responsible for the management and review of major innovation projects. In May 2014, Mr. Zhang was promoted to Senior Executive Vice President, in charge of the newly formed WeiXin Group. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zhang developed Foxmail independently in 1997 as the first generation of Internet software developer in China. He joined Boda China as Corporate Vice President in 2000, responsible for corporate email development. Mr. Zhang received his Master’s degree in Telecommunications from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1994.

LU, Shan (LS)
President of Technology and Engineering Group, Senior Executive Vice President

Lu Shan, Senior Executive Vice President and President of Technology and Engineering Group, joined the Company in 2000 and successively served as General Manager for IM Product Divisions, Vice President for Platform Research and Development System and Senior Vice President for Operations Platform System. Since March 2008, Mr. Lu has been in charge of management of the Operations Platform System division, and in May 2012, he was promoted to lead the Technical Engineering Group. Prior to joining the Company, he worked for Shenzhen Liming Network Systems Limited. Mr. Lu received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Technology from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1998.

WU, Xiaoguang (Free Wu)
Senior Executive Vice President

Wu Xiaoguang, Senior Executive Vice President, joined the Company in 1999 to lead the development and product planning for the Group’s core product QQ instant messaging. He successively served as Project Manager for the research and development team of QQ, General Manager for IM product, and General Manager for Internet business division. Mr. Wu was promoted to Senior Vice President of Internet Services Division and Chief Executive Officer of Tencent E-Commerce Holdings Limited. Mr. Wu has extensive experience in product research and development, product planning, product operation and marketing of Internet business. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Weather Dynamics from Nanjing University in 1996 and an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 2008.

David Wallerstein
Senior Executive Vice President

David A M Wallerstein, Senior Executive Vice President and Chairman of Tencent USA joined the Company in 2001. He oversees the Company’s international business initiatives and is responsible for the Group’s activities in the United States. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wallerstein was the Vice President, Business Development of Naspers in China, responsible for investments and strategy. Prior to that, Mr. Wallerstein worked as a management consultant in China. Mr. Wallerstein received a Master’s degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from the Jackson School at the University of Washington.

Ma,Xiaoyi(Steven Ma)

Ma Xiaoyi, Senior Vice President, joined the Company in 2007 and has been responsible for international publishing of Tencent Games, establishing and maintaining long-term business partnerships and cooperation for the Company since November 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ma served as a general manager of games division of OPTIC Communication Co., Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Ma worked as a general manager in Shanghai EasyService Technology Development Ltd. Mr. Ma graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University, and received an EMBA degree from Fu Dan University in 2008.

John Lo
Chief Financial Officer ,Senior Vice President

John Shek Hon Lo, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, joined the Company in 2004 and served as the Company’s Financial Controller from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Lo was appointed as the Company’s Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2008 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in May 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lo worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers as Senior Manager (audit services). He is a Fellow of the CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Mr. Lo received a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Curtin University of Technology and an EMBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and HKUST.

GUO, Kaitian (Leon Guo)
Senior Vice President

Guo Kaitian, Senior Vice President, joined the Company in 2002 and has been responsible for overseeing the Company’s functional divisions of administration, legal affairs, government relations, public relations, charity fund, procurement as well as the functional management of the branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. Mr. Guo received a Bachelor of Law degree from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in 1996.

XI, Dan (Dan Xi)
Senior Vice President

Xi Dan, Senior Vice President, joined the Company in 2002 and has been responsible for overseeing the Company’s talent development and functional management since May 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Xi was responsible for HR management in ZTE Corporation and has more than 18 years of experience in IT and Internet industries. Mr. Xi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Computer Science from Shenzhen University in 1996 and an MBA degree from Tsinghua University in 2005.

Advisor Emeritus

CHEN, Yidan (Charles Chen)
Core Founder, Advisor Emeritus & Founder and Honorary Chairman of Tencent Charity Fund

Charles, one of the Core Founders, Founder and Honorary Chairman of Tencent Charity Fund, and became the Advisor Emeritus from March 2013. As the Chief Administration Officer of Tencent since 1998, Charles oversaw administration, legal affairs, human resources and charity fund of the Company. Charles was also responsible for the Group's management system, intellectual property rights and government relations. Before Charles founded the Group in 1998, he worked in the Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau for several years. Charles received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Chemistry from Shenzhen University in 1993 and a Master of Law Degree in Economic Law from Nanjing University in 1996.

ZENG, Liqing (Jason Zeng)
Core Founder & Advisor Emeritus

Jason Zeng, one of the Core Founders and Advisor Emeritus of the Company. Jason founded the Group in 1999. As the Chief Operating Officer during 1999 and 2007, Jason was responsible for overseeing the Company's business lines and product portfolios and the managing the Company’s sales and marketing activities across China. Prior to Tencent, Jason worked in the Shenzhen Data Telecommunications Bureau and was familiar with the Internet and telecommunications industries in China. Since June 2007, Jason has been the Advisor Emeritus of the Company.