Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Xi Zhang is OneSmart’s founder and has served as its Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer since its inception. Mr. Zhang founded OneSmart in 2008. Prior to that, he served as general manager of EF Education China from December 2005 to December 2007, associate director of strategic planning at Johnson & Johnson Medical International from August 2004 to November 2005, marketing manager at Wrigley China from January 2000 to May 2002. In August 2012, Mr. Zhang was recognized as one of the "Top 10 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs in China in 2012" by Global Times. He received a bachelor's degree from Peking University in 1996 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 2004.
Director and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dong Li has served as OneSmart’s director since September 2017 and its chief financial officer since July 2017. Prior to joining OneSmart, Mr. Li served as chief financial officer of Pegasus Media Group Limited from April 2016 to April 2017 and chief financial officer of Ecovacs Robotics Holdings Limited from March 2015 to February 2016. From September 2008 to February 2015, Mr. Li worked as an associate and later vice president in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and ICBC International in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Mr. Li worked in KPMG's auditing practice group for an extended period of time in its Beijing and Silicon Valley offices, respectively. Mr. Li received a bachelor's degree in accounting from School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University in July 1999, as well as a master's degree in business administration in finance from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in June 2008. Mr. Li is a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.
Ms. Zhizhi Gong has served as OneSmart’s director since September 2017. Ms. Gong joined Carlyle Group since 2010, where she currently serves as a managing director focusing on Asia private equity investment and buyout opportunities. Ms. Gong is a director on the board of directors of Fang Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN). Ms. Gong was a member of the board of directors of Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited (HKSE: 00157) in 2015. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Gong was a principal at Apax Partners from 2007 to 2010, where she was a founding member of the Greater China team. Prior to that, Ms. Gong worked at the investment banking department at China International Capital Corporate Limited from 2002 to 2005. Ms. Gong was the Chairwoman of the supervisory board of Focus Media Information Technology Co., Ltd. (SZ: 002027) from 2015 to 2016. Ms. Gong received a bachelor's degree in economics from Peking University in 2002 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 2007.
Mr. Zhe Wei has served as OneSmart’s independent director since the IPO. Mr. Wei has over 20 years of experience in both investment and operational management in China. Prior to launching Vision Knight Capital, a private equity fund, in 2011, Mr. Wei served for five years as an executive director and the chief executive officer of Alibaba.com Limited, a leading worldwide B2B e-commerce company. Mr. Wei was the president, from 2002 to 2006, and chief financial officer, from 2000 to 2002, of B&Q China, a subsidiary of Kingfisher plc, a leading home improvement retailer in Europe and Asia. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Wei was also the chief representative for Kingfisher's China sourcing office, Kingfisher Asia Limited. Mr. Wei currently serves as a non-executive director of UBM plc, a global business-to-business event organizer listed on the London Stock Exchange, an independent director of Zall Development Group Ltd., a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, an independent director of Leju Holdings Limited, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and has been non-executive director at PCCW Limited since November 29, 2011. Mr. Wei received a bachelor's degree in international business management from Shanghai International Studies University in July 1993 and completed a corporate finance program at London Business School in June 1998.
Ms. Min Zhang has served as OneSmart’s independent director since the IPO. Ms. Min Zhang has been the chief executive officer of China Lodging Group Limited since May 2015. Prior to this, Ms. Zhang served different positions at China Lodging Group, including chief strategy office from 2013 to 2015, president from January 2015 to May 2015 and chief financial officer from 2008 to 2015. Ms. Zhang has more than ten years of experience in finance and consulting with multinational companies. Prior to joining China Lodging Group Limited in 2007, she served as the finance director of Eli Lilly (Asia) Inc., Thailand Branch and the chief financial officer of ASIMCO Casting (Beijing) Company, Ltd. She currently also serves as a director on the board of Genscript Biotech Corporation, China Quanjude (Group) Co. Ltd. and Synutra International, Inc. Ms. Zhang received her bachelor's degree in international business management and master's degree in economics from the University of International Business and Economics in June 1994 and July 1997, respectively. She received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in June 2003.
Dr. Gong is a professor of entrepreneurial management practice at China Europe International Business School ("CEIBS") and a Programme Director of CEIBS Entrepreneurial Leadership Camp/CEIBS Venture Capital Camp. Dr. Gong specializes in lean startup methodology and has focused his research on strategic transformation, lean startup and business model innovation. Prior to joining CEIBS, Dr. Gong was an assistant professor at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. He currently serves as an independent director at Giant Network Group Co. Ltd. (Shenzhen Stock Exchange: 002558) and Jack Sewing Machine Co. Ltd. (Shanghai Stock Exchange: 603337). Dr. Gong received his bachelor's degree from Hunan University, China, an MBA degree from Zhejiang University, China, and a Ph.D. in management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.