Chairman and Non-executive Director
Vice-Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director
Independent Non-Executive Director
Independent Non-Executive Director
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Lu Minfang, aged 48, was appointed as an executive director and the chief executive officer of the Company in September 2016. Mr. Lu is the chairman and a non-executive director of Yashili International Holdings Ltd (“Yashili”), a subsidiary of the Company listed in Hong Kong. He was the chief executive officer and executive director of Yashili before his appointment as chairman of the board of directors of Yashili. Mr. Lu was also a director of each of following subsidiaries of Yashili, namely Yashili International Ltd., Yashili International Group Limited, Newou Hong Kong International Co., Limited and Scient International Group Limited. Mr. Lu has been the Vice President (Greater China) of Danone Early Life Nutrition Greater China and had been with the Danone Group and Dumex Baby Food Co. Ltd. for over 10 years. During the tenure at the Danone Group, he demonstrated strong strategic business and market planning capabilities. With strong leadership, management skills and in-depth knowledge of markets, Mr. Lu contributed significantly to the success of the Danone Group’s baby nutrition business in China. Prior to joining the Danone Group, Mr. Lu spent 9 years with Johnson & Johnson (China) Company Limited and almost 4 years with General Electric Company (China). Mr. Lu has over 18 years of experience in sales and marketing and has been serving in general manager or executive level roles for over 7 years. Mr. Lu has extensive experience in the management of fast moving consumer products and dairy companies and has an excellent grasp and the in-depth knowledge of the PRC market. Mr. Lu obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Fudan University in Shanghai.
Ms. Wu Wenting, aged 53, was appointed as an executive director of the Company in September 2016. Ms. Wu was the executive deputy general manager and the chief financial officer of China Foods Limited, a company listed in Hong Kong, until September 2016. Ms. Wu joined COFCO Group in 1992 and was the director of the Audit and Discipline Department of COFCO Corporation from 2006 to March 2014. Ms. Wu also held various positions in COFCO Group, including the deputy general manager of the Finance Department of China Liang Feng Grains Import & Export Company from 1994 to 2000 and the general manager of the Finance Department of COFCO Oils & Grains Co., Ltd. from 2000 to 2006. Ms. Wu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Beijing Technology and Business University and a Master of Arts degree in professional accounting from Central University of Finance and Economics and has extensive experience in financial management and auditing.
Mr. Ma Jianping, aged 53, was appointed as a non-executive director and the chairman of the board of directors of the Company in February 2016. Mr. Ma joined COFCO Corporation and/or its subsidaries (“COFCO”) in 1986 and is currently a vice president of COFCO Corporation. Mr. Ma holds several directorships in certain subsidiaries of COFCO, including the deputy managing director of COFCO (Hong Kong) Limited. Mr. Ma is also the chairman of the board and a non-executive director of China Foods Limited and COFCO Meat Holdings Limited respectively, both companies listed in Hong Kong. Mr. Ma was a director of COFCO Property (Group) Co., Ltd., a company listed in Shenzhen, up to December 2016 and was a non-executive director of Joy City Property Limited, a company listed in Hong Kong, up to January 2017. Mr. Ma was also a non-executive director of the Company during the period from August 2009 to March 2014.
Mr. Ma graduated from University of International Business and Economics and later obtained a degree of Executive Master of Business Administration from the same university and he has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate finance, investment and M&A, and corporate management.
Mr. Niu Gensheng, aged 59, is a non-executive director of the Company, one of the members in the team founding Yili Group, the founder of Inner Mongolia Mengniu and the founder of Laoniu Foundation. Mr. Niu graduated from Inner Mongolia University with a degree in Administration and Management and obtained a Master’s degree in Enterprise Management from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School. With his extensive experience and insights in China’s dairy industry, Mr. Niu enjoys a high reputation in the industry. In 2007, Mr. Niu was elected as one of “China’s Most Influential Business Leaders” for the fifth consecutive year, and was honoured the “2007 Hong Kong Bauhinia Award.” Mr. Niu is devoted to charity. He was on the list of “China’s Top 10 Philanthropists” published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the PRC in 2007 and ranked third in the “2007 Hurun Top 10 for Charity”, and received the first and only “Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award” presented by the “China Philanthropists List” in 2010.
Mr. Tim Ørting Jørgensen, aged 52, was appointed as a non- executive director of the Company in April 2016. He was was a non-executive director of the Company during the period from July 2012 to September 2013. Mr. Jørgensen graduated from Copenhagen Business School in 1991 with a Master of Economics degree, specialising in international strategy and marketing. He joined Arla Foods amba (“Arla”) in 1991 and has held several management positions within Arla’s international business group, including a three year position in the Middle East and a three- year position in Brazil. In 2005, he became the business group director for Arla’s Danish division and in 2007, he was appointed as executive vice president, with the overall responsibility for Arla’s international activities outside Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. In 2012, he was appointed to lead Arla’s newly established German/Dutch business group, with the clear objective of establishing Arla as a leading dairy company in Germany through mergers and acquisitions. Throughout his 25 years in Arla, Mr. Jørgensen has acquired extensive management experience within international sales, brand building, supply chain efficiency and general management. Mr. Jørgensen has especially been focused on growing the business significantly both organically and through acquisitions.
Mr. De Petrini, aged 57, was appointed as a non- executive director of the Company in December 2017 and is Senior Vice President, Non-Executive Chairman Asia at Danone. Mr. De Petrini has been working as senior management in the food and beverage industry for more than 30 years. His experience covers the full range of businesses, including sales and purchase, factory management, supply chain, among others. Mr. De Petrini joined Danone in 1984 and worked in France in the areas of project management, factory demand and supply planning, and sales as business development director and strategic committee member. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. De Petrini was the general manager of Danone’s biscuits business in China. Mr. De Petrini returned to Paris in 2002 to work in the headquarters of Danone as General Manager of Themis (global SAP program roll-out) until 2004. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. De Petrini worked in Indonesia as general manager of Aqua, a bottled water company of Danone. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. De Petrini worked as vice president of Danone’s waters business in Asia Pacific and was responsible for the water and beverage business in China, Indonesia and New Zealand. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. De Petrini worked as vice president of Danone’s early life nutrition business in Asia Pacific and was responsible for ten countries in the region, including China. In 2011, Mr. De Petrini joined Fraser & Neave Ltd, a listing company engaged in the food and beverage business across the Asia Pacific region, as Chief Executive Officer until 2013, when he joined the Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd as managing director of its businesses in Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa. In 2015, Mr. De Petrini returned to Danone as Executive Vice President of Strategic Resource Cycles until shifting to his current role in 2017. He is also the chairman of Danone Ecosystem Fund and the board of Livelihood Fund for Family Farming, two important social innovation funds created by Danone. Mr. De Petrini graduated from École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy in France with a Master of Science in Engineering degree in 1981 and obtained a Master of Science in Management degree from ESSEC Business School in France in 1983.
Mr. Jiao Shuge (alias Jiao Zhen), aged 51, was appointed as a non-executive director of the Company in February 2004 and is a vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Company. Mr. Jiao was redesignated from a non-executive director of the Company to an independent non-executive director of the Company with effect from 12 April 2012. Mr. Jiao joined the Group in September 2002 and is currently a director and managing partner of CDH China Management Company Limited. Mr. Jiao received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Shandong University and a master’s degree in engineering from the No.2 Research Institute of Ministry of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Currently, Mr. Jiao also serves as a non-executive director and deputy chairman of WH Group Limited and an independent non-executive director of China Southern Airlines Company Limited, both companies listed in Hong Kong, a director of Joyoung Company Limited and a director of Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co., Ltd., both companies listed in Shenzhen. Mr. Jiao was a non-executive director of China Shanshui Cement Group Limited, a company listed in Hong Kong, from 30 November 2005 to 16 May 2014.
Mr. Julian Juul Wolhardt, aged 43, was appointed as a non- executive director of the Company in January 2006 and was redesignated from a non-executive director of the Company to an independent non-executive director of the Company with effect from 12 April 2012. Mr. Wolhardt is currently the chief executive officer of DCP Advisors, Limited focusing on private equity transactions in the Greater China region. Mr. Wolhardt was previously a partner at KKR and Morgan Stanley responsible for private equity business in China. Mr. Wolhardt is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant and received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in the United States. Mr. Wolhardt currently serves as a non-executive director of Modern Dairy and a non-executive director of COFCO Meat Holdings Limited, both companies listed in Hong Kong. He was an independent non-executive director of China Cord Blood Corporation, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, from April 2012 to May 2015 and a non-executive director of United Envirotech Ltd, a company listed in Singapore, from October 2011 to August 2012.
Mr. Zhang Xiaoya, aged 54, was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the Company in May 2009. Mr. Zhang is a graduate of the Shandong University and the school of management at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a senior engineer. He is currently the chairman of Zhong Ding Dairy Farming Co., Ltd (中鼎牧業有限公司), as well as the chairman of Beijing Xindajiading Investment Limited Company (北京信達嘉鼎投資有限公司), an independent director of New Focus Auto Tech Holdings Limited, an independent director of Syswin Inc. (思源經紀) and Guangzhou Zhujiang Digital Group (廣州珠江數碼集團). Mr. Zhang previously served as a director and president of AirMedia, a company listed on NASDAQ, and the chairman of
Unibank Media (銀廣通傳媒集團).
Mr. Yau Ka Chi, aged 59, was appointed as an independent non- executive director of the Company in October 2016. Mr. Yau has over 30 years of professional accounting experience including 20 years in serving China enterprises. He had worked for Ernst & Young for over 20 years in its Hong Kong, Toronto and Beijing offices with primary focus in providing professional services in accounting and audit, initial public offering, and corporate restructuring before retiring in September 2015. During his professional career with Ernst & Young, Mr. Yau was appointed as the Professional Practice Director of Greater China from July 2007 to June 2009, the Assurance Leader for Northern China Region from July 2010 to June 2014, the Oil & Gas Industry Leader of Greater China from May 2012 to June 2015 and the Assurance Leader of the Energy & Resources Markets Segment of Greater China from July 2013 to June 2015. Mr. Yau is currently an independent non-executive director of Yihai International Holding Ltd. and China Power International Development Limited, both companies listed in Hong Kong.
Mr. Yau holds a professional diploma in company secretaryship and administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic (now known as the Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Yau also holds a certified public accountant license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the United States.
Mr. Zhang Ping, aged 52, graduated from Beijing Information Science and Technology University with a Master degree in Management Engineering. Mr. Zhang, who joined the Group in 2014, is currently the chief financial officer of the Group. He has over 24 years of experience in the industry of fast-moving consumer goods, specializing in the management of operation, finance and audit as well as risk control. Mr. Zhang worked in Swire Beverages group companies as the manager of the internal audit and system development, the finance director, the general manager of its bottler manufacturing company and the chief executive officer of Coca-Cola Bottlers Manufacturing Holdings Limited. Mr. Zhang is also the non-executive director of Yashili and Modern Dairy, both companies listed in Hong Kong.
Mr. Liu Shengli, aged 52, is the vice president of Inner Mongolia Mengniu. Mr. Liu graduated from Dalian Fisheries University, and obtained a Master degree in Light Industry Technology and Engineering from Hubei University of Technology, then a master degree in business administration from China Europe International Business School. Mr. Liu joined the Group in 2002. He served as the general manager of the marketing department of UHT milk division, the general manager of ice cream division, the assistant to the president and the vice president of the Group. He is currently responsible for the chilled products and the business development of the Group. He has been working in the dairy industry for almost 19 years and has extensive management experience and advanced management concepts in the dairy industry. Mr. Liu was honored as a “Labour Model of Hohhot” of Inner Mongolia in 2010.
Mr. Wang Yansong, aged 49, joined the Group in February 2012 as the assistant vice president of Inner Mongolia Mengniu as well as the person in charge of the quality and safety management system. Since January 2016, he has also been responsible for public affairs and relation and government relation of Inner Mongolia. Mr. Wang graduated in 1990 from the food mechanical engineering department of Beijing Institute of Light Industry with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. In 1990, he joined Beijing Refrigerator Compressor Factory as a production line technology engineer. In 1995, he was appointed the quality engineer for Beijing Embraco Snowflake Compressor Company Limited. In 1997, he joined Kimberly-Clark (China) Personal Hygienic Products Co., Ltd and took up positions including process control engineer, production manager, product development engineer and quality manager. In 2001, he joined Coca-Cola (China) Beverages Limited as technical service manager (North China). In 2009, he became the technical operation manager (Asia-Pacific Region) for Coca Cola. Prior to becoming the person in charge of the Group’s product quality, Mr. Wang had accumulated over 20 years of experience in quality control for fast-moving goods.
Mr. Gao Fei, aged 40, is the assistant vice president of the Group. Mr. Gao, joined Mengniu when it was established in 1999, and successively held the positions of regional manager, center manager, sales director and general manager of sales department and contributed to the rapid growth of the market share of Mengniu. Mr. Gao has abundant practical experience in the sales, marketing and promotion of dairy products. In 2016, he was appointed as the assistant vice president of the UHT business division. He is currently responsible for the operation management system of the core business of the Group. Mr. Gao obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Shandong University, then an Executive Master in Business Administration degree from Tsinghua University.
Mr. Shi Dongwei, aged 52, joined the Group in 2017 as vice president and is responsible for public affairs of the Group. Mr. Shi worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC from 1989 to 2001. He then served as the director of global government affairs in China region of Lucent Technologies, Inc. in the United States, the vice president in China region of Agilent Technologies in the United States, the vice president of Starbucks Coffee Company and Alibaba Group. Mr. Shi has 16 years of experience in public affairs. He graduated from department of diplomacy in China Foreign Affairs University and received a bachelor’s degree in laws. He then obtained a master’s degree in diplomacy and trade from Monash University in Australia. He is also the part-time professor in the department of public administration of Chinese Academy of Governance.
Listed Date 10 Jun 2004
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