Vice-Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director
Independent Non-Executive Director
Independent Non-Executive Director
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Luo Yan, aged 59, joined the Group in November 2017 and is currently a vice president and the head of developing business unit of the Group. Mr. Luo graduated from the China Textile University and Fudan University, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration respectively. Mr. Luo joined General Mills China as national sales director in 1999; he held the position of vice president (Greater China) in 2008 and was responsible for overseeing Wanchai Ferry Business Department in the Greater China region and sales in China region. In 2013, Mr. Luo took up the role of global business director of Häagen-Dazs at General Mills Minnesota Headquarters. He continued to be the vice president (Greater China) of General Mills in 2014, and was responsible for sales in China Region, as well as the retail and food and beverage business department of Häagen-Dazs.
Mr. Zhao Jiejun, aged 44, joined the Group in 2000 and is currently a vice president and the head of milk sourcing and supply chain business unit of the Group. Mr. Zhao graduated from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a postgraduate qualification. Mr. Zhao has served successively as greater regional sales manager, sales director, general manager of operation and general manager of planning and logistics of the Group. Mr. Zhao has over 19 years of experience in dairy industry and specializes in both sales management and supply chain management. Mr. Zhao is visionary with keen market insight towards dairy industry in China. Mr. Zhao is also a non-executive director of China Modern Dairy and China Shengmu Organic Milk Limited respectively, both companies listed in Hong Kong.
Mr. Zhang Zhaoxu, aged 47, joined the Group in July 2017, and is currently a vice president and the head of human resources management of the Group. He graduated from the Southeast University and Tianjin University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in management respectively. Mr. Zhang had worked for various Fortune Global 500 enterprises between 1996 and 2012, holding management roles in human resources. In 2013, he joined China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd as general manager of the human resources centre of City Developments Group. He joined Glaxosmithkline (China) Investment Co. Ltd as human resources director of consumer healthcare products business (China region) in 2015.
Ms. Dai Lu, aged 49, joined the Group in September 2019, and is currently a vice president and the head of R&D unit of the Group. Before joining the Group, Ms. Dai has successively served for the global R&D centers of The Coca Cola Company and PepsiCo Inc and has had over 20 years of experiences in the field of R&D around the world. Her last position in PepsiCo in 2018 was the Senior R&D Director (Greater China and Asia Pacific). Before joining the Group, she was a business starter to provide Mengniu Group and numerous food and beverages companies in China and Southeast Asia with R&D related consultancy services. Ms. Dai graduated from Fudan University and Tongji University with Master’s degrees.
Mr. Yang Zhigang, aged 48, joined the Group in June 2017, and is currently a vice president and the head of safety and quality management unit of the Gorup. He graduated from the Huazhong Agricultural University and Central China Normal University, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology and Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Economics respectively. Mr. Yang joined the Hubei Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau as deputy section manager, section manager and deputy director of the office in 1995; and he joined the registration and administration department of Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China as researcher, department head and vice inspector in 2002; he joined COFCO as general manager and vice director of the quality and safety management department, vice director of the audit and legal risk control department in 2013.
Mr. Li Pengcheng, aged 50, joined the Group in September 2018 and is currently a vice president and the head of group affairs & group office of the Group. Mr. Li graduated from the department of information management in Peking University, majoring in Science and Technology Intelligence, and Tianjin University with a Master’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Management. Mr. Li used to work in the Office of the Central Internet Security and Information Technology Commission, where he was the inspector of the network emergency management and network public opinion bureau, deputy director general and director of the China Internet Illegal and Objectionable Information Reporting Center (bureau level).
Mr. Stephen Maher, aged 56, joined the Group in March 2020 and is currently a vice president and the head of the International Business Unit. Mr. Maher graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s degree. He has worked in China for 20 years as president of Mondelez international and Carlsberg beer. He has been deeply involved in the FMCG industry and has rich experience in multinational enterprise management and multicultural management. At present, he is leading the international development of the Southeast Asia Business Unit, Indonesia Business Unit, Oceania Business Unit and Bellamy Business Unit under the International Business Unit of the Group.
Mr. Lu Minfang, aged 52, was appointed as an executive director and 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 and the chairman and a nonexecutive director of China Modern Dairy Holdings Limited (“China Modern Dairy”), an associate of the Company listed in Hong Kong. Mr. Lu is also a director of International Dairy Federation. He was the chief executive officer and an executive director of Yashili before his appointment as chairman of the board of directors of Yashili. Mr. Lu was also a director of the 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 was the Vice President (Greater China) of Danone Early Life Nutrition Greater China and had been with Danone Group and Dumex Baby Food Co. Ltd. for over 10 years. During his tenure at Danone Group, he demonstrated strong strategic business and market planning capabilities. With strong leadership, management skills and in-depth market knowledge, Mr. Lu had contributed significantly to the success of Danone Group’s baby nutrition business in China. Prior to joining Danone Group, Mr. Lu spent 9 years with Johnson & Johnson (China) Company Limited and almost 4 years with General Electric Company (China). Prior to joining Mengniu Group, Mr. Lu has over 18 years of experience in sales and marketing and has been in general manager or senior executive 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 in-depth knowledge of the PRC market. Mr. Lu obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Fudan University in Shanghai.
Mr. Meng Fanjie, aged 56, was appointed as an executive director of the Company in June 2019 and is a vice president of the Group. Mr. Meng previously worked as the General Manager of Shenyang Xiangxue Flour Co., Ltd., the Assistant to the General Manager and then as the Deputy General Manager of COFCO’s Wheat Processing Department, the General Manager of COFCO’s Project Management Department, the General Manager of COFCO Chengdu Industrial Park, the Deputy General Manager of China Grain & Logistics Corporation, the Deputy General Manager of COFCO Trading Corporation and the Deputy Director of COFCO Group’s Party-mass Work Department (in charge of the daily work). Mr. Meng graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master’s Degree in electronic magnetics and microwave technology.
Mr. Niu Gensheng, aged 63, is a non-executive director of the Company, a member of the founding team of Yili Group, the founder of Inner Mongolia Mengniu Dairy (Group) Company Limited and the founder of Laoniu Foundation. Mr. Niu graduated from the 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 extensive experience in and insights of China’s dairy industry, Mr. Niu enjoys high reputation in the industry. In 2007, Mr. Niu was elected as one of “China’s Most Influential Business Leaders” for the fifth 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 was presented the first and only “Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award” by the “China Philanthropists List” in 2010.
Mr. Simon Dominic Stevens, aged 55, was appointed as a non-executive director of the Company in January 2021. Mr. Stevens graduated from Loughborough University in 1988 with a Bsc honours degree in Management Sciences. He started his career in Unilever for 14 years in sales and marketing roles based in U.K., Netherlands and Italy. He joined Arla Foods in 2002, as a Sales Director in the UK business as part of the UK leadership team and then became SVP of Sales and Marketing where Mr. Stevens spearheaded the development of major customer partnerships and built a fast-growing branded portfolio helping grow the UK business from £500 million to £2.5 Billion and from No. 4 in dairy to No.1 supplier in FMCG. In 2016, Mr. Stevens moved to the newly set-up Europe Zone as Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations, overseeing the Sales and Marketing functions and working closely with Arla’s Supply Chain organisation. During this time Mr. Stevens’ focus was on creating regional growth engines across the brand portfolio and driving a digitalisation agenda across the sales and marketing functions. In 2020 he moved to Dubai to lead the MENA business, Arla’s largest region within its International Zone as a Senior Vice President. In a short space of time Mr. Stevens has applied his considerable leadership capabilities to work with his country heads and Arla’s joint venture partners to navigate the business through COVID-19, delivering exceptionally high levels of growth for Arla’s key brands and customers and maintaining a safe working environment for Arla’s workforce of around 3,000 colleagues. On 1 January 2021 Mr. Stevens joined Arla’s Executive Management team as EVP International responsible for all Arla’s International business and the International supply chain.
Mr. Jiao Shuge (alias Jiao Zhen), aged 55, 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 chief executive officer 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 the Ministry of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Currently, Mr. Jiao also serves as a non-executive director of WH Group Limited, an independent non-executive director of China Southern Airlines Company Limited and the chairman and non-executive director of Mabpharm Limited, all of which are companies listed in Hong Kong. In addition, Mr. Jiao serves as a director of Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co., Ltd. and Hainan Poly Pharm Co. Ltd., both of which are companies listed in Shenzhen. Mr. Jiao was a director of Joyoung Company Limited, a company listed in Shenzhen, until April 2020.
Mr. Julian Juul Wolhardt, aged 47, 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 with KKR Asia Limited 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 an independent non-executive director of China Modern Dairy, a company listed in Hong Kong. He is now also a director of Fujian Sunner Development Co., Ltd, a company listed in Shenzhen, and an independent director of Niu Technologies, a company listed on NASDAQ. He was previously a non-executive director of COFCO Meat Holdings Limited (now renamed as COFCO Joycome Foods Limited), a company listed in Hong Kong, until August 2020.
Mr. Zhang Xiaoya, aged 58, 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 United Dairy Farming Co., Ltd (中鼎聯合 牧業股份有限公司), as well as the chairman of Beijing Xindajiading Investment Company Limited (北京信達嘉鼎投資有限 公司), an independent non-executive director of New Focus Auto Tech Holdings Limited, a company listed in Hong Kong, and an independent director of Guangzhou Zhujiang Digital Group (廣州 珠江數碼集團). Mr. Zhang previously served as a director and president of AirMedia Group Inc., a company listed on NASDAQ, and the chairman of Unibank Media (銀廣通傳媒集團).
Mr. Yau Ka Chi, aged 63, was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the Company in October 2016. Mr. Yau has over 30 years of professional accounting services experience including 20 years in serving PRC-based enterprises. He had worked for Ernst & Young in its Hong Kong, Toronto and Beijing offices, with a primary focus in providing professional services in accounting and audit, initial public offering, and corporate restructuring, before retiring in September 2015. When he was with Ernst & Young, Mr. Yau was appointed, among others, as the professional practice director of Greater China and the assurance leader for China North Region. 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 is also an independent non-executive director of BetterLife Holding Limited, an applicant for listing 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 56, graduated from the Beijing Information Science and Technology University with a Master’s Degree in Management Engineering. Mr. Zhang, who joined the Group in 2014, is currently a vice president and the chief financial officer of the Group. He has over 25 years of experience in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, specializing in management of operation, finance and audit, as well as risk control. Mr. Zhang worked in Swire Beverages group companies as manager responsible for internal audit and system development, finance director, general manager of bottler manufacturing company and chief executive officer of Coca-Cola Bottlers Manufacturing Holdings Limited. Mr. Zhang is also a non-executive director of Yashili, China Modern Dairy and China Shengmu Organic Milk Limited respectively, all companies listed in Hong Kong.
Mr. Gao Fei, aged 44, is a senior vice president and the head of room temperature product business unit of the Group. Mr. Gao joined the Group in 1999, and successively held the positions of regional manager, center manager, sales director and general manager of the sales department and contributed to the rapid growth of the market share of Mengniu. Mr. Gao has abundant practical experience in sales, marketing and promotion of dairy products. In 2016, he was appointed as vice president of the UHT business division. He is currently responsible for operation and management 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. Wen Yongping, aged 46, joined the Group in 1999 and is currently a vice president and the head of chilled product business unit of the Group. Mr. Wen graduated from the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University and obtained a Master’s Degree in Food Engineering. Mr. Wen once served as the general manager of production direction centre, operations assistant vice president and milk sources vice president in the Group, and is experienced in production and operations management and milk sources management. Mr. Wen was a non-executive director of China Modern Dairy, a company listed in Hong Kong, until January 2019.
Sustainability Committee comprises one executive Director, two non-executive Directors and one independent non-executive Director.
The principal duties of the Sustainability Committee include overseeing sustainability, Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues and risks, identifying ESG matters that are relevant and material to the operations of the Company and its subsidiaries, assisting the Board in preparing and reviewing the annual ESG Report.
Listed Date 10 Jun 2004
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