Management

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Yiding Sun
Chief Executive Officer

Yiding Sun has served as our chief executive officer since August 2013 and as our director since September 2013. Mr. Sun has six years of experience in education industry. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sun served as chief executive officer in Gymboree China Group from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Sun also served as the executive director, vice president of operation, vice chairman and manager in Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd., a company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, from 1999 to 2011. During his time at Gome Electrical Appliances Holding, he obtained ample managerial experience in equity trading and investments, commercial real estate management, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, marketing and sales and multi-brand operation. Mr. Sun received an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School in 2013 and a bachelor’s degree in science from East China University of Science and Technology in 1990.
Chelsea Qingyan Wang
Chelsea Qingyan Wang
Chief Financial Officer

Chelsea Qingyan Wang has served as our chief financial officer since 2016. Ms. Wang has five years of experience in education industry and 15 years of experience in information technology industry. Prior to joining us, Ms. Wang served as the chief financial officer in Global Education & Technology Co. from 2014 to 2016, and the chief financial officer and board director in Wolters Kluwer Great China from 2012 to 2014. She also had worked with IBM Great China Group from 1998 to 2012, serving as chief financial officer in IBM China Research Lab and financial controller in IBM Greater China Group Global Business Service Team from 2007 to 2012. Ms. Wang received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in 1995. She is the certified member of Chartered Global Management Accountant and the fellow member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountant.
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Jiandong Lu
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Jiandong Lu will serve as our Chief Operating Officer, a new position in the Company from the appointment on September 28, 2018. 
Ms. Lu served as our Independent Director in the past year.  Ms. Lu served as a managing director in the Global Real Asset Asia Fund of J.P.Morgan Asset Management from 2015 to 2017, and as a managing director and Chief Operating Officer in J.P.Morgan First Capital Securities Ltd. from 2012 to 2015. Ms. Lu joined J.P Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Ltd. as an associate in 2001 and became a managing director in 2011. Ms. Lu served as a senior representative at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company Beijing Rep. Office from 1994 to 1999, and she also served as a public officer and chief translator in The Chinese People’s Friendship Association with Foreign Countries from 1991 to 1994. Ms. Lu received an MBA degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and a Bachelor’s degree from Beijing International Studies University in 1991.
Sally Xue Yuan
Sally Xue Yuan
Senior Vice President of Academics

Sally Xue Yuan has served as our senior vice president of academics since October 2007. Ms. Yuan has 16 years of experience in education industry. She is also the secretary-general of the English Education Research Branch of the Beijing Education Institute and leads several research groups in connection with China’s 12th five year national subject research. Ms. Yuan currently participates in a project led by China National Institute of Standardization and China Quality Certification Center to establish the industry standard of subject English education. Prior to joining us, Ms. Yuan worked as a student teacher in several public elementary schools in New York from 2004 to 2006. Ms. Yuan served as an English teacher in Qingdao No. 1 Railway Middle School from 1996 to 1999. Ms. Yuan received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Hofstra University in 2006 and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Shandong University in 2000.
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James Lili Yang
Senior Vice President

James graduated from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has previously held roles as the North China director and Key Account Director of Xiamen Overseas Chinese Electronic and the Deputy General Manager of Gymboree. Since the end of 2013, James has been the Vice President of RISE. He manages RISE's relationship with franchises while strengthening their numbers. He has established the company as the most outstanding competitive global brand. He provides relentless support for the company to become a top global English education brand.
Karen Qingling Zhu
Karen Qingling Zhu
Senior Vice President of Operations

Karen received both her Bachelor of Economics and Master of Management from Wuhan University of Technology. She has worked in a domestic software company in a management capacity of various departments: marketing, sales, project application, and subsidiary branches. In 2008, she joined RISE as the Senior Vice President of Operations. She is responsible for the operations and management of self-owned centers. She has established a data-based scientific system that has led the team to repeated success and consolidated the foundations of rapid business development.
Kevin Kexin Zhao
Kevin Kexin Zhao
Vice President of Human Resources

Kevin received a Master of Business Administration from Guanghua School of Management of Peking University. He was formally a dean of Wal-Mart's (China) Retail Institute of North China, director of the Gome Holding Group Training Center, Vice President of Wanda Group's Wanda College. Presently, he is the Vice President of Human Resources at RISE. He is in charge of human resources, administration, and RISE International Tour Study Business. He led the execution of human resource development strategy, implemented business management system, re-designed the organizational structure, and implemented the "Teacher Talent Pool" training system to identify and foster future RISE leaders.