Board of Directors
The Board currently consists of eight Directors, including three executive Directors, two non-executive Directors and three independent non-executive Directors. The Board is responsible and has the general authority for the management and operation of the Company. The Directors are typically appointed for a term of three years and are eligible for re-election upon expiry of their term of office.
Independent Non-executive Directors
Mr. Zhang Zhiyong (張志勇)
aged 57, has been an executive Director and chairman of the Board since September 2021. Mr. Zhang served as a non-executive Director from May 2018 to September 2021. He served as director of Qinhuangdao Telecommunications Bureau from November 1999 to July 2000, general manager of Qinhuangdao Branch of Hebei Telecom Company Limited from July 2000 to June 2002, deputy general manager of Beijing Telecom Company Limited from June 2002 to December 2002, and manager of the industry management department of China Telecommunications Corporation ("CTC") from December 2002 to June 2010. Mr. Zhang successively served in several positions with China Communications Services Corporation Limited , including deputy general manager from October 2006 to January 2008, executive director from August 2007 to June 2010, general manager from January 2008 to June 2010, and chairman of the board and executive director from March 2018 to September 2021. He successively served in several positions with China Telecom Corporation Limited , including general manager of Xinjiang Branch from June 2010 to March 2014, general manager of Beijing Branch from March 2014 to November 2017, and executive vice president from July 2018 to September 2021. He was the vice president of CTC from November 2017 to September 2021 and the general counsel of CTC from April 2021 to September 2021.
Mr. Zhang graduated from Changchun Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (which was merged into Jilin University in 2000) in July 1986 with a bachelor's degree of wireless communications. He graduated from Yanshan University in Qinhuangdao, PRC in July 2002 with a master's degree of engineering. He also graduated from BI Norwegian Business School in August 2005 with a master's degree in management.
Mr. Gu Xiaomin (顧曉敏)
aged 58, has been an executive Director since July 2019, the general manager of the Company since June 2019 and the general counsel of the Company since June 2021. Mr. Gu served as a deputy general manager of the Company from August 2014 to June 2019, and as the chairman of the labor union of the Company from June 2017 to January 2020. He successively served in several positions with China United Telecommunications Corporation (the predecessor of China United Network Communications Group Company Limited ("CUC")), including secretary to the chairman of the board of directors from February 1999 to August 2000, secretary of manager-level from August 2000 to August 2001, deputy general manager of Jiangsu Branch from August 2001 to January 2004, general manager of Yunnan Branch from January 2004 to February 2006, and general manager of the finance department from February 2006 to November 2008. He successively served in several positions with CUC, including officer in charge of the planning and management department from December 2008 to February 2009, general manager of the planning and management department from February 2009 to April 2010, general manager of the market department from April 2010 to April 2012, and deputy general manager of network branch and general manager of the operation and maintenance department of network branch from April 2012 to September 2014.
Mr. Gu graduated from Nanjing Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (renamed as Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2005) in July 1985 with a bachelor’s degree of engineering and majored in radio engineering, from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in July 1987 with a bachelor’s degree of law, from Peking University in May 2001 with an EMBA degree, from the Australian National University in December 2003 with a master’s degree of international management and from Rennes School of Business, France in June 2008 with a doctor’s degree of business administration. Mr. Gu was recognized as a senior engineer in September 1998 by Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
Mr. Gao Chunlei (高春雷)
aged 56, has been an executive Director since May 2022 and the chairman of the labor union of the Company since January 2020. He served as the chief accountant of the Company from August 2014 to April 2022. Mr. Gao served as deputy director of Posts and Telecommunications Bureau of Jingsha (renamed as Jingzhou afterwards), Hubei from February 1996 to January 1997, deputy director of Posts and Telecommunications Bureau of Jingzhou, Hubei from January 1997 to June 2000. He served as vice director of the planning and finance department of Hubei Telecommunications Corporation from June 2000 to April 2003, deputy general manager of Hubei Telecommunications Corporation from April 2003 to November 2005 (during which he served as director and deputy general manager of Hubei Telecom Company Limited from April 2003 to March 2004), deputy general manager and chief accountant of Hubei Telecommunications Corporation and director, deputy general manager and chief accountant of Hubei Telecom Company Limited from November 2005 to April 2008, deputy general manager and chief financial officer of Hubei branch of China Telecom Corporation Limited ("China Telecom") and deputy general manager and chief accountant of China Telecom Group Hubei Corporation from April 2008 to February 2012, and general manager of China Telecom Heilongjiang branch, general manager of Heilongjiang branch of China Telecommunications Corporation ("CTC") and general manager of Heilongjiang network assets branch of CTC from February 2012 to August 2014.
Mr. Gao graduated from Beijing Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (renamed as Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1993) in July 1988 and majored in management engineering, from Australian National University in December 2005 with an MBA degree, and from Rennes School of Business, France with a doctor's degree of business administration in May 2012. Mr. Gao was recognized as a senior economist in November 1997 by Hubei Posts and Telecommunications Administration and a chief accountant in August 2009 by China Associate of Chief Financial Officers.
Mr. Gao Tongqing (高同慶)
aged 58, has been a non-executive Director since October 2020. Mr. Gao previously served as a deputy director general of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Posts and Telecommunications Administration, a deputy general manager and general manager of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Telecom Company, the general manager of China Telecom Jiangsu branch, a vice president of China Telecommunications Corporation, and an executive director and executive vice president of China Telecom Corporation Limited. Mr. Gao also serves as a vice president of China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd., a vice president of China Mobile Limited, a director and vice general manager of China Mobile Communication Company Limited, a non-executive director of China Communications Services Corporation Limited, and a non-executive director and vice chairman of True Corporation Public Company Limited.
Mr. Gao graduated from the Changchun Institute of Posts and Telecommunications with a major in telecommunications engineering and received a doctorate degree in business administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Mr. Gao has extensive experience in management and the telecommunications industry.
Mr. Liu Guiqing (劉桂清)
aged 56, has been a non-executive Director since January 2022. Mr. Liu previously served as a deputy general manager and the general manager of China Unicom Hunan branch and the general manager of China Unicom Jiangsu provincial branch. He currently serves as the chairman and an executive director of China Communications Services Corporation Limited, a vice president and general counsel of China Telecommunications Corporation, and an executive director and executive vice president of China Telecom Corporation Limited. Mr. Liu also serves as a deputy director general of China Institute of Communications and a director of Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA).
Mr. Liu received a doctorate degree in engineering science from National University of Defense Technology and is a professor level senior engineer. Mr. Liu has extensive experience in management and the telecommunications industry.
Mr. Zhang Guohou (張國厚)
aged 59, has been an independent non-executive Director since January 2022. Mr. Zhang successively served in the finance office and finance department of Northeast Power Corporation from September 1986 to May 1999 and as a vice chief accountant and head of finance department of Northeast Branch of State Power Corporation of China from May 1999 to March 2000. He successively served in several positions with GD Power Development Co., Ltd. ("GD Power") from March 2000 to January 2001, including the chief accountant, and chief accountant and board secretary. He served as a vice general manager of finance and equity management department of State Power Corporation of China from January 2001 to January 2003, and successively served in several positions with State Grid Corporation of China from January 2003 to January 2006, including the head of finance department and head of fund management center, and the chief financial advisor. Mr. Zhang successively served as the chief accountant and a vice general manager of China GuoDian (Group) Corporation from January 2006 to November 2017. He also served as a director and an audit committee member of GD Power from November 2007 to February 2020. Mr. Zhang served as a member of the senior management of China Energy Investment Corporation from November 2017 to September 2020, and a director of China Huadian Corporation Ltd. from September 2020 to October 2021.
Mr. Zhang graduated from Shenyang Electric Power School (merged into Shenyang Institute of Technology) majored in automation of thermodynamic process and obtained a master’s degree in economics from Renmin University of China. Mr. Zhang is qualified as a senior accountant. He has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and has accumulated extensive experience in financial management and asset restructuring.
Mr. Deng Shiji (鄧實際)
aged 68, has been an independent non-executive Director since May 2020. Mr. Deng also serves as an external director of China National Nuclear Corporation. He successively served in government departments including the Personnel Section of Surveying and Mapping Institute of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Planning, the Enterprise Bureau of the State Economic Commission, the Enterprise Department of the National Economic System Reform Commission, the Enterprise Management Department of the State Planning Commission, the Enterprise Bureau of Production Office of the State Council and the Enterprise Department of the Economic and Trade Office of the State Council from August 1983 to June 1994. He then successively served as the division head of the Labor Distribution Division of the Enterprise Department, a deputy director of the Enterprise Department, and a deputy director of the Enterprise Reform Department of the State Economic and Trade Commission from June 1994 to May 2003, and a deputy chief and the chief of the Enterprise Reorganization Bureau (National Enterprise Merger and Bankruptcy Office) of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council from May 2003 to December 2008. Mr. Deng successively held several senior management positions, including as a director, in the State Development & Investment Corp., Ltd. from December 2008 to his retirement in December 2014.
Mr. Deng obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Beijing College of Economics in 1983 and is qualified as a senior economist.
Mr. Hu Zhanghong (胡章宏)
JP, aged 53, has been an independent non-executive Director since January 2022. Mr. Hu obtained his doctorate degree in economics from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and is a Senior Economist in PRC. Mr. Hu has many years of experience serving at the senior level in financial institutions. Mr. Hu also holds various social positions, which include the co-chairman of the VC/PE Committee of the Investment Association of China, a director of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, the honorary life chairman of Chinese Financial Association of Hong Kong, the chairman of China Mergers and Acquisitions Association (Hong Kong), a member of the Resolvability Review Tribunal of the Government of Hong Kong, a member of Hong Kong Academy of Finance, and a member of the Belt and Road & Greater Bay Area Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Mr. Hu had also held positions including the chairman and president of CCB International (Holdings) Limited, the chairman of CCBI Metdist Global Commodities (UK) Limited, the chairman-in-office of China Mergers & Acquisitions Association, a director of China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited, a member of the Process Review Panel for the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, and a member of the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal of Hong Kong. Mr. Hu served as an independent non-executive director of Towngas Smart Energy Company Limited (formerly known as Towngas China Company Limited and was renamed in December 2021) from November 2021 to March 2022.