Charles Chao has served as a director and Chief Executive Officer since May 2006. Mr. Chao has served as our President since September 2005 and as our Chief Financial Officer from February 2001 to May 2006.
Mr. Chao served as our Co-Chief Operating Officer from July 2004 to September 2005. Mr. Chao served as our Executive Vice President from April 2002 to June 2003. From September 1999 to January 2001, Mr. Chao served as our Vice President, Finance. Mr. Chao has played a vital role in building SINA into an Internet media and online advertising giant in China. He is largely responsible in the success of our past mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining us, Mr. Chao served as an experienced audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Prior to that, Mr. Chao was a news correspondent at Shanghai Media Group. Mr. Chao is currently a director of Focus Media, an out-of-home media and advertising network company, NetDragon Websoft Inc., a company providing technology for online gaming, and E-House (China) Holdings Limited, a company providing real estate services and information in China. Mr. Chao holds a Master of Professional Accounting degree from University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Journalism from University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Journalism from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Herman Yu: Chief Financial Officer
Herman Yu has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since August 2007. Mr. Yu has served as our Acting Chief Financial Officer from May 2006 to August 2007 and Vice President and Corporate Controller from September 2004 to May 2006. Prior to joining SINA, Mr. Yu worked at Adobe Systems, as the Corporate Marketing Controller from June 2001 to September 2004 and as the Chief Auditor from January 1999 to May 2001. Mr. Yu also held various finance and accounting management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and VeriFone, Inc. Mr. Yu began his career with Arthur Andersen and is a California Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Yu holds a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Financial Executive Institute (FEI).
Hong Du has served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since February 2008. Ms. Du joined the Company in November 1999 and worked in the Business Development department until April 2004. From May 2004 to January 2005, Ms. Du served as Deputy General Manager of 1Pai.com, a joint venture between SINA and Yahoo! Ms. Du rejoined the Company in January 2005 and served as our General Manager of Sales Strategy from January 2005 to March 2005, General Manager of Sales from April 2005 to August 2005, Vice President of Sales from September 2005 to February 2007 and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing from February 2007 to February 2008. Ms. Du holds a B.S. in Applied Chemistry from Harbin Institute of Technology and an M.S. in MIS from San Francisco State University.
Senior Vice President, SINA Mobile since February 2007. Mr. Wang founded Crillion Corporation in May 2001 and served as its Chairman of the Board and General Manager until it was acquired by the Company in March 2004. He served as our Deputy General Manager of SINA Mobile from March 2004 to October 2005 and our Vice President and General Manager of SINA Mobile from November 2005 to February 2007. Mr. Wang graduated from Sichuan Police Academy with a B.S. degree.