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Management and Board

Management

Zhou Xin

Xin Zhou 每 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman

Mr. Xin Zhou is one of the co-founders of our company; he has served as our chairman since 2003 and as co-chairman since April 2012. Mr. Zhou served as our chief executive officer from 2003 to 2009, and again since April 2012. Mr. Zhou has served as executive chairman of our subsidiary Leju Holdings since its inception and served as co-chairman and chief executive officer of our subsidiary China Real Estate Information Corporation (CRIC) from 2009 to April 2012. Mr. Zhou has over 20 years of experience in China*s real estate industry. From 1997 to 2003, he served as a director and general manager of Shanghai Real Estate Exchange Co., Ltd., and as the deputy general manager of Shanghai Jinfeng Investments Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Mr. Zhou received the ※Special Contribution Award in China*s Real Estate Services Circulation Industry§ in 2005, was named one of the ※Ten Most Influential People in the Real Estate Services Industry§ in 2005 by the China City Property Exposition Commission and received the ※Outstanding Entrepreneur Award§ from Enterprise Asia in 2010. Mr. Zhou currently serves as executive director of the China Real Estate Association, and as chairman of Real Estate Service Committee of China Real Estate Association. He is also chairman of the Shanghai Real Estate Broker Industry Association, executive director of the Real Estate Industry Research Center of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and honorary vice-chairman of the Shanghai Young Entrepreneur Association. Mr. Zhou received his bachelor*s degree from Shanghai Industrial University in China.

Cheng Li-Lan

Li-Lan Cheng 每 Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Li-Lan Cheng has served as our chief operating officer since April 2012 and was our chief financial officer from November 2006 to April 2012. Mr. Cheng has served as executive director of Leju since March 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cheng served as the chief financial officer of SouFun Holdings Limited, a real estate internet company in China, from 2005 to 2006. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Cheng served as an executive director and the chief financial officer of SOHO China Limited, a real estate developer in Beijing. Mr. Cheng was an assistant director and the head of the Asian transportation sector investment banking group of ABN AMRO Asia from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Cheng is an independent director and member of the audit committee of Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd., a China-based restaurant chain listed on the NYSE, Le Gaga Holdings Limited, a greenhouse vegetable producer listed on NASDAQ, and 51job, Inc., a human resource service provider listed on NASDAQ. Mr. Cheng received a bachelor*s degree in economics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Cheng is a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

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Bin Laurence 每 Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Bin Laurence has served as our chief financial officer since April 2012. She served as the chief financial officer of our subsidiary CRIC from August 2009 to April 2012. From 2005 to 2009, Ms. Laurence was a research analyst at SuttonBrook Capital Management LP, a hedge fund based in New York. Ms. Laurence served as a director in the distressed assets management division of BMO Financial Group in New York from 2002 to 2004. From 1996 to 2002, she served as an associate and a vice president successively covering the media/communications industry in the leveraged finance division of BMO Financial Group. From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Laurence was an analyst covering the media/communications industry in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, Inc. in New York. Ms. Laurence is an independent director of ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd., an internet content and application delivery service provider listed on NASDAQ. Ms. Laurence received a bachelor*s degree from Wellesley College and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.

Zang Jianjun

Jianjun Zang 每 Co-president

Mr. Jianjun Zang has served as our co-president since April 2012 and served as our director and acting chief executive officer from September 2009 to April 2012. He was a co-head of our primary real estate agency service from 2001 to 2009. Mr. Zang served as a director of our company from December 2004 to August 2007. He was the chairman and general manager of Shanghai Real Estate Brokerage Co., Ltd. in 2000. Mr. Zang served as a director and general manager of Shanghai Yidu Real Estate Sales & Planning Co., Ltd. from 1998 to 2000, and as an operating director of Shanghai Lidahang Real Estate Consulting Co. from 1993 to 1998. Mr. Zang received a bachelor*s degree from Fudan University and an EMBA degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University.

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Zuyu Ding 每 Co-president

Mr. Zuyu Ding has served as our co-president since April 2012. He served as a director of our subsidiary CRIC from March 2011 to April 2012, as president of CRIC from September 2011 to April 2012, and as a co-president of CRIC from September 2009 to September 2011. Mr. Ding was our technology director from 2001 to January 2008. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the vice president of Shanghai Real Estate Sales (Group) Co., Ltd. From 1997 to 2000, he was the manager of the research and development department of Shanghai Real Estate Exchange Co., Ltd. Mr. Ding also serves as vice principal of the E-House Research and Training Institute, an executive director of the China Real Estate Research Association, secretary-general of the Real Estate Broker Professional Committee Intermediary Committee of the China Real Estate Association, an adviser on the real estate market for China*s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, an independent director of Shanghai Chengtou Holding Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and an independent director of Sanxiang Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Mr. Ding was named ※Shanghai Outstanding Young Merchant§ in 2012, and was named one of the ※Top Ten Shanghai Young Merchants for 2011-2012§. Mr. Ding received a bachelor*s degree and a Ph.D. degree in global economics from Shanghai East China Normal University in China.

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Yinyu He 每 Co-president

Mr. Yinyu "Geoffrey" He has served as our co-president since January 2014, as chief executive officer of our subsidiary Leju Holdings since September 2011, and as vice-president of Leju from January 2011 to August 2011. Mr. He served as Leju*s director of strategic planning from August 2008 to December 2010.Prior to joining Leju, Mr. He was the publisher and chief editor of UBM's InformationWeek China from 2004 to 2008. From 2000 to 2004, he served as a senior reporter and researcher covering China's IT, telecom, financial, and media industries at Interfax China, where he was a founding member. He also worked as a journalist, reporter, commentator, and anchor for a number of media outlets including the China Business Network (CBN), Shanghai Television, Eastern Radio, Securities Herald, Eastday.com, and Finance Director magazine (part of The Economist Group). He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Shanghai University.

Board of Directors

Zhou Xin

Xin Zhou 每 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman

Mr. Xin Zhou is one of the co-founders of our company; he has served as our chairman since 2003 and co-chairman since April 2012. Mr. Zhou served as our chief executive officer from 2003 to 2009, and again since April 2012. Mr. Zhou has served as executive chairman of our subsidiary Leju Holdings since its inception and served as co-chairman and chief executive officer of our subsidiary China Real Estate Information Corporation (CRIC) from 2009 to April 2012. Mr. Zhou has over 20 years of experience in China*s real estate industry. From 1997 to 2003, he served as a director and general manager of Shanghai Real Estate Exchange Co., Ltd., and as the deputy general manager of Shanghai Jinfeng Investments Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Mr. Zhou received the ※Special Contribution Award in China*s Real Estate Services Circulation Industry§ in 2005, was named one of the ※Ten Most Influential People in the Real Estate Services Industry§ in 2005 from The China City Property Exposition Commission and received the ※Outstanding Entrepreneur Award§ from Enterprise Asia in 2010. Mr. Zhou currently serves as executive director of the China Real Estate Association, and as chairman of the Real Estate Service Committee of the China Real Estate Association. He is also chairman of the Shanghai Real Estate Broker Industry Association, executive director of the Real Estate Industry Research Center of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and honorary vice-chairman of the Shanghai Young Entrepreneur Association. Mr. Zhou received his bachelor*s degree from Shanghai Industrial University in China.

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Charles Chao 每 Co-Chairman

Mr. Charles Chao has served as co-chairman of our board of directors since April 2012. Mr. Chao has served as a director of our subsidiary Leju since April 2014, and currently serves as SINA Corporation*s chairman and chief executive officer, as well as executive chairman of Weibo Corporation, a leading social media platform in China and a majority owned subsidiary of SINA and listed on NASDAQ. Since joining SINA in September 1999, Mr. Chao has served in various management positions, including vice president of finance, chief financial officer, co-chief operating officer and president. Prior to that, Mr. Chao served as an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Silicon Valley, California. Mr. Chao is currently an independent director of NetDragon Websoft Inc., a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed company. Mr. Chao received his master*s degree in professional accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a master*s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor*s degree in journalism from Fudan University in China.

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Canhao Huang 每 Director

Mr. Canhao Huang has served on our board since April 2006. He has served as a director of our subsidiary Leju since March 2014. Mr. Huang was our head of operations from September 2007 to December 2009 and served as a vice president from 2000 to September 2007. Mr. Huang was a manager at Shanghai No. 1 Department Store Co., Ltd. from 1985 to 2000. Mr. Huang received a bachelor*s degree from Shanghai University in China.

Independent Director

Neil Shen

Neil Nanpeng Shen 每 Independent Director

Mr. Neil Nanpeng Shen has served as our director since January 2005 and as an independent director since March 2012. Mr. Shen was also a director of our subsidiary CRIC from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Shen is the founding managing partner of Sequoia Capital China. Mr. Shen also co-founded Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc, a leading budget hotel chain in China, and Ctrip.com International, Ltd., or Ctrip, the largest travel consolidator in China, both of which are listed on NASDAQ. Currently, Mr. Shen is a director and co-chairman of Home Inns, an independent director of Ctrip, a director of Le Gaga Holdings Limited, a greenhouse vegetable producer listed on NASDAQ, and a director of Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd., an internet company listed on the NYSE. Mr. Shen also serves on the boards of a number of private companies based in China. He served as Ctrip*s chief financial officer from 2000 to October 2005 and as president from August 2003 to October 2005. Prior to founding Ctrip, Mr. Shen worked for more than eight years in the investment banking industry in New York and Hong Kong. Mr. Shen received a bachelor*s degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University and a master*s degree from the School of Management at Yale University.

Bing Xiang

Bing Xiang 每 Independent Director

Mr. Bing Xiang has served as an independent director since August 2007. Mr. Xiang is a professor of accounting and dean at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Prior to that, Mr. Xiang was a professor and founding director of EMBA and executive education programs at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. He also taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and China-Europe International Business School. Mr. Xiang is an independent director of Perfect World Co., Ltd., an online game developer and operator listed on NASDAQ, and HC International, Inc., Dan Form Holdings Co., Ltd., Enerchina Holdings Ltd., Sinolink Worldwide Holdings Ltd., China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd., Longfor Properties Co., Ltd. and Peak Sport Products Co., Limited, all of which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as well as Shaanxi Qinchuan Machinery Development Co., Ltd. and Yunnan Baiyao Group Co., Ltd., both of which are listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Mr. Xiang holds a bachelor*s degree from the Xi*an University of Transportation and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Alberta.

Hongchao Zhu

Hongchao Zhu 每 Independent Director

Mr. Hongchao Zhu has served as our independent director since August 2007. Mr. Zhu is the managing partner of Shanghai United Law Firm and has been with the firm since 1986. Mr. Zhu is guest professor of East China University of Political Science and Law and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, and is also an arbitrator of the Shanghai Arbitration Association and China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission. He is a legal adviser to Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of China*s State Council. Mr. Zhu once served as vice chairman of the All China Bar Association and chairman of the Shanghai Bar Association. Mr. Zhu received his master*s and bachelor*s degrees in law from Fudan University.

Jeffrey Zhijie Zeng

Jeffrey Zhijie Zeng 每 Independent Director

Mr. Jeffrey Zhijie Zeng has served as our independent director since August 2008. Mr. Zeng is the senior managing director of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited, and the general manager and managing partner of Kaixin Investment, a venture capital fund jointly founded by China Development Bank and CITIC Capital in May 2008. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Zeng was a managing director of Walden International, a global venture capital firm, for which he was mainly responsible for venture investments in China. Prior to that, Mr. Zeng worked for CITIC Pacific Ltd. in Hong Kong and Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Zeng also serves as the chairman of China Special Article Logistics Company. Presently, Mr. Zeng serves as an independent director of Vimicro International Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company listed on NASDAQ, as well as Chinasoft International Ltd. and Great Wall Technology Company Limited, both of which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Zeng also serves on the boards of a number of private companies in China. Mr. Zeng holds a bachelor*s degree in economics from the University of Nagasaki and a master*s degree in management from Stanford University.

jian sun

Jian Sun 每 Independent Director

Mr. Jian Sun has served as an independent director since March 2014. Mr. Sun has also served as an independent director of our subsidiary Leju since April 2014. Mr. Sun serves as director and chief executive officer of Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc., a NASDAQ-listed economy hotel chain. Mr. Sun has over ten years of consumer industry experience. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Sun served as vice president of operations for B&Q (China) Ltd., a subsidiary of Kingfisher plc, the third largest home improvement retail group in the world, overseeing the operation of 15 B&Q superstores in China. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Sun served as vice president of marketing for B&Q (China) Ltd., leading B&Q*s market positioning and branding efforts in China. Mr. Sun received a bachelor*s degree in management from Shanghai Medical University.

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Winston Li 每 Independent Director

Mr. Winston Li has served as our independent director since March 2014. Mr. Li has served as an independent director of Leju since April 2014. Mr. Li is the chief financial officer of Sungy Mobile Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed provider of mobile internet products and services. Mr. Li is a director of Le Gaga Holdings Limited, a NASDAQ-listed Chinese greenhouse vegetable producer. He is also an independent director of Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd., a China-based restaurant chain listed on the NYSE. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Li served as an independent director of ZTE Corporation, the largest public telecom equipment manufacturing company in China. Mr. Li served as a partner at the Hong Kong office of Linklaters LLP from 2002 to 2004 and an attorney at the Hong Kong office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Li received his bachelor*s degree in biochemistry from Peking University and a master of science degree from the University of Michigan. He received his juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School.

 

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