Mr. Jian Ding, also known as Mr. James Ding, has served as our independent director since our initial public offering in August 2005. Mr. Ding brings a deep understanding of the internet and artificial intelligence industry, which is relevant to and continuously support the growth and evolution of our principal business since his appointment. He also brings extensive experience as a high tech entrepreneur and CEO of a Nasdaq-listed company. Mr. Ding is a valuable member of the Company’s board of directors and continues to make important contribution to the Company. He is also a member of our Audit Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and the Chairman of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Ding is currently a managing director of GSR Ventures, which focuses on early stage companies in the artificial intelligence, big data, information technology related healthcare, virtual reality/augmented reality and new media sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Ding served as a co-chairman of the board of directors of AsiaInfo-Linkage Inc., a former NASDAQ-listed company, from July 2010 to January 2014. Mr. Ding also served as the chairman of the board of AsiaInfo from April 2003 to July 2010, and has served as a member of the board since AsiaInfo’s inception in 1993. Mr. Ding served as the chief executive officer and president of AsiaInfo from 1999 to 2003 and as senior vice president and chief technology officer of AsiaInfo from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Ding currently serves as director of the board of AsiaInfo (which is currently listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as AsiaInfo Technologies Limited with stock code 1675). AsiaInfo played an important role in the design and construction of China’s internet infrastructure. The board of directors is able to benefit from Mr. Ding’s expertise and experience gained from serving in various roles at AsiaInfo. Mr. Ding received a master’s degree in information science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Peking University in China.