Executive Directors

Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer

Lihong Wang has served as our director since September 2013 and as our chief executive officer since January 2020. Ms. Wang has 11 years of experience in private equity industry. Ms. Wang joined Bain Capital Asia in 2006 and has served as a managing director since January 2011. Ms. Wang served as an executive director in Morgan Stanly Dean Witter Asia Limited from 2005 to 2006. She served as a vice president in J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited from 2001 to 2005. She served as an associate and a manager in Credit Suisse First Boston from 1996 to 2001. Ms. Wang served as a deputy division chief in China Securities Regulatory Commission from 1993 to 1996. She served as a research associate in Stock Exchange Executive Council from 1990 to 1993. Ms. Wang received an MBA degree from Columbia Business School in 1999 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Fudan University in 1990.
Jiandong Lu
Chief Financial Officer

Jiandong Lu served as our independent director since October 2017. Ms. Lu served as our chief operating officer between September 2018 and April 2020, when she ceased to be our independent director while continued to serve as on our board of directors. Ms. Lu has served as our chief financial officer since January 2019. 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.

Other Senior Management

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Julia Hui Tai
Chief Operating Officer

Julia Hui Tai has served as our chief operating officer since April 2020, She has more than 25 year experiences working in internet, IT and Education industry. Ms. Tai served as Co-CEO of YXT.COM, an internet based enterprise training service provider, from 2017 to 2019. Prior this position, she served as general manager in charge of education business unit and operational excellence at Hewlett-Packard China between 2009 and 2016. Before that, Ms. Tai held various positions responsible for Asia customer experience and operational improvement at Motorola for 14 years. Julia holds a Master and BSc degree from Harbin Engineering University in digital signal processing.
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.
James  Li Yang
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.