Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Chen Jianqiang (陳建強), aged 59, is our founder, chairman and executive Director. He was appointed as our executive Director on 23 June 2006. Since his joining of our Group in 1996, Mr Chen has been engaging in retail business and has over 17 years of experience in managing department stores and retail businesses. Mr Chen is primarily responsible for the overall strategy development and investment of the Group. Mr Chen has been a director of Jiangsu Springland since its incorporation in 1996 and has been actively participating in the management and development of our Group's business since then. Mr Chen is also a director of certain of our major operating subsidiaries. He obtained a degree in Master of Business Administration from The China Europe International Business School in 2002. Mr Chen became the chairman of honour of the World Chinese Traders General Association (Hong Kong) Ltd. (香港華商世界貿易總會) in 2002.
Mr Tao Qingrong (陶慶榮), aged 56, is our chief executive officer and executive Director of the Group. He was appointed as our executive Director on 2 September 2006. Mr Tao is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the business and operations of the Group. Mr Tao joined our Group in October 2002 as general manager of Shanghai Springland and has been general manager of the department store unit of Jiangsu Springland since January 2006. Mr Tao is also a director of our major operating subsidiaries. Prior to joining our Group, Mr Tao worked for 上海制皂有限公司(Shanghai Soap Co., Ltd.) as sales and marketing director from 1997 to 2000 and 上海制皂（集團）產品銷售有限公司(Shanghai Soap (Group) Product Sales Co., Ltd.) as general manager from 2000 to 2002, and worked for 上海制皂廠 (Shanghai Soap Factory) as director of information centre and deputy manager of foreign trade department from 1988 to 1997. Mr Tao obtained a master's degree in system engineering from 上海機械學院(the Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Technology) (later known as 上海理工大學(University of Shanghai for Science and Technology) in 1988, and a degree in Master of Business Administration from The China Europe International Business School in 2002.
Mr Fung Hiu Chuen, John (馮曉邨), aged 49, was appointed as our non-executive Director on 19 July 2010. Mr Fung is currently the Managing Director of Global Link (CHINA) Company Limited, a company engaged in supply of TV media programmes. He had previously worked as a senior manager of the North Asia division of ESPN International ASIA Limited, a diversified sports, entertainment and media company from 1996 to 1997 . Mr Fung obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1991. Mr Fung is a cousin of Mr Fung Hiu Lai, our executive Director.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr Lin Zhijun (林志軍), aged 62, was appointed as our independent non-executive Director on 17 February 2008. Dr Lin graduated from 廈門大學(Xiamen University) in 1982 with a master's degree in economics and later received a Ph.D. degree in economics from Xiamen University in 1985. He also received a Master of Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA) and the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia (CMA). He is currently a professor and the head of the department of Accountancy and Law in the Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr Lin was previously an auditing staff at an international accounting firm, Touche Ross & Co. Canada (now known as "Deloitte & Touche") in Toronto from 1982 to 1983, and has previously taught at Xiamen University, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Lethbridge in Canada.
Dr Zhang Weijiong (張維炯), aged 64, was appointed as our independent non-executive Director on 17 February 2008. Dr Zhang graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in power mechanical engineering. He later received a master's degree of science in business administration and a Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia in Canada in 1989 and 1997, respectively. He is currently a professor and the vice chancellor of the China Europe International Business School and has been working in the China Europe International Business School since 1997. Dr Zhang has previously worked in the management school of Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 1988 to 1993.
Mr. Cheung Yat Ming (張一鳴)aged 48 (Appointed on 11 March 2014) Mr. Cheung is the members of the audit committee,nomination committee and remuneration committee.Mr. Cheung is currently an executive director, chief executive officer and responsible officer of New Century Asset Management Limited, a REIT manager of New Century Real Estate Investment Trust (stock code: 01275),a REIT listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Mr. Cheung holds a bachelor degree in accountancy from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Mr. Cheung has been a certified public accountant of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1995 and a chartered accountant under the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 2007. Mr. Cheung has extensive experience in the fields of investment, real estate and property market research, corporate finance and auditing.
Mr. Cheung was a staff accountant and semi-senior accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Hong Kong and China from August 1991 to August 1994. In September 1994, Mr. Cheung joined Citibank (now named Citigroup) as an accountant and administration manager and held the position of assistant vice president from September 1996. In October 1997, he started working in Salomon Smith Barney (now named Citigroup) as an equity research analyst. In May 1999, Mr. Cheung left Salomon Smith Barney to join Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he worked until November 2000. He joined HSBC Securities (Asia) Limited as the head of Hong Kong and China property research in November 2000 where he worked until April 2005. Mr. Cheung joined Cohen & Steers Asia Limited in 2005 as a senior vice president and executive director, supervising its Asia Pacific real estate investment and research functions until February 2009. Mr. Cheung joined DBS Vickers (Hong Kong) Limited as the head of research in June 2009. Since August 2011, Mr. Cheung has been the chief investment officer of Neutron INV Partners Limited and has been involved in work such as exploring new investment opportunities, setting up the Neutron Greater China Equity Fund and marketing to local and overseas institutional investors, consultants, distribution intermediaries. Further, in 2010, Mr. Cheung received the Outstanding Chinese Business Leader Award from the HongQi and China Report.