The following members make up the Board of Directors. Please select an individual member below to learn more about them and the committees they contribute to.
Chairman and Chief Technology Officer
Karl Zhang is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CooTek and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since March 2012. Before being the Chief Technology Officer since April 30, 2020, Karl served as Chief Architect of CooTek. Prior to founding CooTek, Karl was a research and development manager at the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center from 2004 to 2008. Karl also served as a software engineer between 2002 and 2004 at Intel’s China Software Lab. Karl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Electronic Engineering from Shanghai University in 2002.
President and Director
Ms. Susan Qiaoling Li co-founded CooTek in 2008, and has served as its President since April 17, 2018 and director since October 2012. Ms. Li first served as the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2008, and was then appointed as Head of Global Business Division in September 2015. Prior to founding CooTek, Ms. Li served as a program manager in Microsoft China Co., Ltd.'s Shanghai Branch from 2005 to 2008, where she gained extensive experience in developing software and managing key accounts. Prior to that, Ms. Li served as a software quality engineer at Intel (China) Co., Ltd from 2003 to 2005. Ms. Li received her bachelor's degree in automation from Tsinghua University in 2000 and her master's degree in computer engineering from North Carolina State University in 2003.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Michael Jialiang Wang co-founded CooTek in 2008 and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since August 2008 and director since March 2012. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Wang served as a product manager at Microsoft R&D Group in China from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Wang received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electronic engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2002 and 2005, respectively.
Mr. Jim Jian Wang co-founded our company in 2008 and has served as our Chief Technology Officer since August 2008 and our director since July 2014. Mr. Wang has tendered his resignation from the position as Chief Technology Officer, effective on April 30, 2020. Mr. Wang will continue serving as our director going forwards. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Wang served as a development team leader at NTT Data in Tokyo, Japan from 2007 to 2008, where he developed a web crawler program. Prior to that, Mr. Wang served as a project manager in Shanghai JT-Omron Software Co., Ltd from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Wang received his bachelor’s degree in mechatronic engineering and automation from Shanghai University in 2002.
Mr. Duane Ziping Kuang has served as CooTek’s director since August 2012. Mr. Kuang founded Qiming Venture Partners in 2006, a private equity firm affiliated to one of the Company’s major shareholders, and has been serving as its managing partner since then. Mr. Kuang also serves on the boards of companies invested by Qiming Venture Partners, such as Mutto Optronics Corporation (TWSE: 4950). Mr. Kuang has over 20 years of operational and investment experience with technology companies. Prior to founding Qiming Venture Partners, Mr. Kuang was a director of Intel Capital China from 1999 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Kuang served as a general manager in Cisco Systems since 1994. Mr. Kuang received his master's degree in computer science from Stanford University and his MBA from the University of California Berkeley.
Mr. Glen Qian Sun has served as CooTek’s director since July 2014. Mr. Sun is a partner of Sequoia Capital China, a private equity firm affiliated to one of our major shareholders. Mr. Sun has also served on the board of 500.com Limited (NYSE: WBAI) as an independent director since 2013. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital China in 2006, Mr. Sun served as an associate at General Atlantic LLC, a private equity firm, from 2003 to 2005, focusing on technology and internet related investment in China. Mr. Sun also worked as a management consultant at Monitor Group from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Sun received his bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard College in 1997, and his MBA from Harvard Business School and J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2003.
Mr. Haibing Wu has served as an independent director since the IPO. Mr. Wu has also served on the board of Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) as an independent director since September 2016. Mr. Wu has over 20 years of experience in finance. He has been a partner of Vision Knight Capital, a leading private equity firm since April 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Wu served as the chief financial officer at Plateno Hotels Group (formerly known as 7 Days Group Holdings Limited) from October 2007 to March 2018. Mr. Wu also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the United States from May 2000 to February 2006 and later worked as a senior manager in the assurance department of PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited Company from February 2006 to October 2007. Mr. Wu received his bachelor's degree in engineering economics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1994, and master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University in 2000.
Ms. Jue Yao has served as an independent director since the IPO. Ms. Yao has also served on the board of Yintech Investment Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:YIN) as an independent director since April 2016. Ms. Yao has extensive experience in accounting and corporate finance. Ms. Yao served as the chief financial officer of Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd., or Qihoo 360, a company formerly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: QIHU) and currently listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE: 601360), from 2014 to April 2018. Since 2006, Ms. Yao has held various positions at Qihoo 360, including its financial director and vice president of finance from 2008 to 2012 and its co-chief financial officer from 2012 to 2014. From 1999 to 2006, Ms. Yao held various positions, including financial director, at Sohu.com Inc. From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Yao was a senior auditor at KPMG. Ms. Yao received her bachelor's degree in international accounting from the University of International Business and Economics in 1996. Ms. Yao is a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants.