Board of Directors
Wei Wen is our co-founder and has been serving as the chairman of our board of directors and our chief executive officer since our inception. Mr. Wen oversees our overall strategies and business operations. Prior to founding TuanChe, Mr. Wen had over ten years of entrepreneurial experience in the information technology and automotive industries. He founded Bright Sunshine Technology Co., Ltd., a communication services provider which established one of the earliest Chinese ride-hailing platforms, in 2000; Beijing Puhua Hengxin Consulting Co., Ltd., an enterprise training company, in 2002; Beijing Yiyang Online Internet Service Center, a communication services provider, in 2003; and Beijing Guoyuan Innovative Technology Co., Ltd., an electronic device company, in 2006. Before he started his own companies, Mr. Wen was a channel manager of Mitsubishi Electric Shanghai. Mr. Wen received a bachelor’s degree in industrial foreign trade from Beijing Jiaotong University.
Jianchen Sun has been serving as our director since 2010 and is our co-founder and chief operating officer. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sun held multiple positions including regional manager, channel manager, general manager of communication division and deputy general manager, in Changzhou Huaxin Electric Appliance Research Institute, Yiyang Group, Changzhou Boyun Communication Technology Co., Ltd., and Beijing Guoyuan Innovative Technology Co., Ltd., respectively. Mr. Sun received a bachelor’s degree in international economics and trade from Renmin University of China.
Hongchuan Thor has been serving as our director since August 2014. Mr. Thor and his partners established AlphaX Partners, a venture fund with a focus on China’s technology and new media sector, in May 2016. Prior to that time, Mr. Thor served as a managing director of Highland Capital Partners (Shanghai) Investment Consulting Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm, from 2007 to 2016, and as a venture partner at Highland Capital Partners in the United States from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Thor served as a director of Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd. (NYSE: QIHU) from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Thor received his bachelor’s degree in commercial science from Meiji University in Japan.
Yang Zhao has been serving as our director since June 2018. Mr. Zhao is the partner of K2VC, a venture capital firm. Before he joined K2VC in 2013, he worked for Baidu as the senior product designer. Mr. Zhao received a bachelor’s degree from Hebei University of Technology and a master’s degree from Peking University.
Yu Long has been serving as our director since September 2013. Ms. Long currently serves as a member of Bertelsmann Group Management Committee, the chief executive officer of Bertelsmann China Corporate Center and the managing partner of Bertelsmann Asia Investments. Ms. Long is an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Advisory Council and its Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media, Entertainment & Information. In addition, she is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Ms. Long serves on the board of directors of Tapestry Inc. (NYSE: TPR, its portfolio includes Coach, Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade), Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE: BITA), and China Distance Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: DL). Formerly, Ms. Long was a Principal at Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments. She joined the international media, services, and education company via the Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program in 2005. Ms. Long received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology in China and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Yaping Yao has been serving as our independent director since November 2018 after serving as our director since June 2017. Mr. Yao is the founding management partner of AlphaX Partners, a venture capital firm. Before he founded AlphaX Partners in 2016, Mr. Yao worked in Highland Capital Partners from 2014 to 2016. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Yao worked for Keytone Ventures, a venture capital firm. Prior to that, Mr. Yao worked for the mergers and acquisition division of Baidu.com from 2010 to 2011, and the cross-border investment bank of the Hina Group from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Yao received a bachelor’s degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University and a master’s degree in business administration from Tsinghua University.
Zhishuo Liu has been serving as our independent director since November 2018 after serving as our director since September 2018. As a founding partner, Mr. Liu founded Tianjin Huizhi Joint Venture Investment Partnership (Limited Partnership), Zhongguancun River Capital Group, Zhongguancun M&A Fund, and Zhongguancun Longmen Fund in 2009, 2014, 2016, and 2018, respectively. As an investor and fund manager, Mr. Liu has invested in multiple companies, including Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU). From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Liu served as a director of Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU). From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Liu served as the deputy general manager of Beijing Information Infrastructure Construction Co., Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Liu served as the chariman of Beijing Guangxia Network Technology Co., Ltd. (NEEQ: 430128) from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Liu received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Harbin Institute of Technology in 1995.
Wendy Hayes has been serving as our independent director since November 2018. Ms. Hayes has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Roborock Inc. since September 2018. Prior to that, Ms. Hayes served as the inspections leader at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, United States from May 2013 to September 2018. From January 2009 to April 2013, Ms. Hayes served as an audit partner and senior manager at the Beijing office of Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu CPA, Ltd. From September 2006 to November 2008, Ms. Hayes served as the SEC and US GAAP reporting manager at the PMI Group Inc. Ms. Hayes also served multiple auditing positions at Deloitte LLP in San Francisco and KPMG in Beijing and Hong Kong from 1993 to 2000. Ms. Hayes received her bachelor’s degree in international finance from University of International Business and Economics in 1991, and her executive MBA from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in 2012. Ms. Hayes is a certified public accountant in the United States (California).