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.
Alex Wu
Acting Chief Financial Officer

Alex Wu has served as our acting chief financial officer since September 2021. Mr. Wu has extensive experience in corporate finance, technology and management matters. Mr. Wu currently serves as an executive vice president and a member of the Asian Pacific private equity team of Bain Capital Private Equity. Since 2017, Mr. Wu has been overseeing Rise as a portfolio company of Bain Capital Private Equity. Before joining Bain Capital Private Equity in 2017, Mr. Wu worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting with a focus on the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sectors and digital solutions across cloud, e-commerce and analytics. Prior to that, Mr. Wu worked with airline and telecommunications companies to plan and deliver transformation programs. Mr. Wu received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Peking University and his MBA degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.

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.
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.