Ms. Zheng serves as our chairperson, chief executive officer, director as well as the interim chief executive officer of our Beijing subsidiary. She also serves as chairperson of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. She has been in charge of our cord blood bank operations since 2003 and is responsible for the strategic development and overall management of GCBC. Aside from overseeing the overall operation of GCBC, she is also responsible for strategic developments, acquisition planning and negotiations, and formulating overall business strategy and various business initiatives of GCBC. She has more than ten years of experience in the fields of accounting, internal control, and corporate strategies and development in China's healthcare industry. Ms. Zheng had served as an executive director of Golden Meditech and had been in charge of its and its subsidiaries' financial and internal control systems since September 2001. She assumed a critical role in the initial public offering by Golden Meditech on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in December 2001. Ms. Zheng became a non-executive director of Golden Meditech starting from August 2012. She played an important role in our acquisition of Nuoya ("Guangdong Province Cord Blood Bank") and investments in CordLife ("Life Corporation Limited and Cordlife Group Limited"). Prior to joining us, Ms. Zheng worked for Sino-reality Certified Public Accountants, an accounting firm in China, from 1997 to 2001. She received an EMBA degree from Renmin University of China.
Mr. Chen serves as our chief financial officer and a director. He is in charge of GCBC's finance-related matters, including accounting and budget planning. He is also involved in GCBC's corporate structuring and development, including mergers and acquisitions, and investment in foreign healthcare companies. For example, he played an important role in our acquisition of Nuoya ("Guangdong Province Cord Blood Bank") and investments in CordLife ("Life Corporation Limited and Cordlife Group Limited"). He had served as the corporate finance vice president of Golden Meditech since March 2005. Prior to joining Golden Meditech, Mr. Chen worked in a number of financial institutions, including SalomonSmithBarney, DBS Vickers Securities and UOB Kay Hian in Hong Kong. During his employment as an analyst in UOB Kay Hian from 2003 to March 2005, he was a senior analyst specializing in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and was ranked as one of the best analysts for small cap companies in the region in a poll conducted by Asia Money among brokers in 2003. Mr. Chen is a CFA charterholder. He received his bachelor's degree in commerce from Queen's University, Canada, School of Business in 1999 with a major in finance and accounting.
Mr. Xu Ping serves as a director of the Board of the Company from Jan 2018. He also serves as a Senior Vice President in Sanpower Group Co., Ltd. from December 2014. In Sanpower, Mr. Xu is in charge of cross-border merger and acquisition and on-shore and off-shore project financing activities. Mr. Xu is also the authorized representative of the executive partner of Nanjing Ying Peng Hui Kang Medical Industry Investment Partnership (Limited Partnership). From 2011 to December 2014, Mr. Xu was a director of the investment banking division of Zhong De Securities handling IPO sponsorship, share and debt issuance. Before joining Zhong De, Mr. Xu served in Jiangsu Guoxin Group. Mr. Xu holds a master’s degree of Financial Information and Capital Market from Fudan University and he graduated from Nanjing University majored in International Accounting.
Mark D. Chen, serves as one of our independent non-executive directors, chairman of the Compensation Committee and Special Committee. Prior to the Business Combination on June 30, 2009, Mr. Chen was Pantheon’s chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president since its inception. He has more than twenty years of experience in investments in TMT, healthcare, and real estate globally, and has formed and managed numerous U.S. and China based private equity funds in U.S. and China. In 1998, Mr. Chen co-founded Easton Capital Investment Group, a New York based private equity investment firm focusing on US based life science venture investments. Mr. Chen received a B.S. from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, an M.S. from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School at Columbia University.
Dr. Ken Lu, has served as one of our independent non-executive directors since the Business Combination on June 30, 2009. Dr. Ken Lu is a managing director of Seres Asset Management Limited (“Seres”), an investment management company focusing on the Asian equity markets. Prior to Seres, Dr. Lu founded and managed APAC Capital Advisors Limited, a Greater China investment specialist, from 2004 to early 2010. Dr. Lu’s extensive capital market experience also includes research analyst roles at a number of leading investment banks, including JP Morgan and Credit Suisse (formerly Credit Suisse First Boston, or “CSFB”). He served as the Head of China Research at CSFB from October 2001 to May 2004. Dr. Lu also serves on the boards and Audit Committee of China Techfaith Wireless Communication Technology Limited and China Biologic Products Inc., both listed on the NASDAQ. Dr. Lu holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Beijing University, a Master of Science from the Brigham Young University, and a Ph. D. degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Weng serves as one of our independent non-executive director and chairman of Audit Committee. Prior to the Business Combination on June 30, 2009, Ms. Weng was Pantheon's chief financial officer and secretary since its inception. Since April 2005, she has been an executive director of Greater Pacific Inc., a financial advisory company through which she has been active in its private investment activities, as well as providing strategic and financial advisory services to private companies in China. From January 2001 to March 2005, she was a senior research analyst with Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. and its successor Mizuho Corporate Bank in New York, one of the world's largest commercial banks, providing research, due diligence, and credit analysis for public debt offering, corporate lending and leveraged buyout transactions in a wide range of industries in the United States. From May 2000 to January 2001, she was vice president of finance for a-Media Inc., a publishing and media company based in New York. From February 1998 to May 2000, she was an associate of the fixed income division with Morgan Stanley. From 1995 to 1998, she was with KPMG Peat Marwick performing auditing on numerous private and public companies in United States. Ms. Weng received a B.A. from Tongji University, China and an M.B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.