Board and Committees
|Independent Director||Audit Committee||Compensation Committee||Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee|
|Jonathan Jia Zhu||Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee|
|Zhongjue Chen||Compensation Committee|
|Weili Hong||Independent Director||Audit Committee||Compensation Committee|
|Thomas J. Manning||Independent Director||Audit Committee|
|Gang Yu||Independent Director||Audit Committee||Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee|
Board of Directors
Mr. Michael Frederick Foust serves as our chairman of the board of directors. Mr. Foust has over 20 years of experience in data center investment, development and operations and a total of 35 years of experience overall in institutional real estate investments including development and portfolio management. In 2016, Mr. Foust was a founder of Bridge Data Centres (International) Pte. Ltd. and served as executive chairman from 2016 to 2020. In addition, Mr. Foust has served as a senior advisor for the data center industry for Digital Colony since 2014, the chairman of Data Bank, Ltd. since 2016 and the chairman of Vantage Data Centers since 2017. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Foust served as the chief executive officer and a director at Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) in San Francisco where he led the company’s IPO. In addition, Mr. Foust was a founder of the private equity investor GI Partners in Menlo Park, California where he served as a managing director from 2001 to 2004. He was responsible for real estate investments at GI Partners, with a strong focus on technology related assets including data centers and telecom facilities. Mr. Foust received his MBA degree from Harvard Business School, and his bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude from Harvard University.
Mr. Jing Ju serves as our director. Mr. Ju is the founder of our China data center business. Prior to founding Chindata’s China data center business, Mr. Ju had extensive experience in developing more than ten hyperscale data center campuses and projects with a capacity of over 1,000 MW. Mr. Ju has over 25 years of experience in the data center and relative equipment industry. He also serves as an advisor on economics and digital affair to the Zhangjiakou city government. In addition, Mr. Ju founded Shenzhen Qinhuai Shiye Co., Ltd., and has served as its chairman of the board since 2004. He also founded Shenzhen Yi’anhua Electromechanical Equipment Co., Ltd. and has served as its chairman of the board since 2007. Mr. Ju received an EMBA degree from Tsinghua Shenzhen Graduate School.
Ms. Qian Xiao serves as our chief operating officer and our director. Prior to joining us, Ms. Xiao served as a senior vice president of Wangsu Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 300017) from 2011 to 2019. Prior to that, Ms. Xiao served as a financial manager at Dell from 2010 to 2011. In addition, Ms. Xiao served as a senior consultant at IBM from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, Ms. Xiao served as a financial executive at Accenture from 2002 to 2007, and as a financial executive at China Academy of Space Technology from 1999 to 2002. Ms. Xiao received a bachelor’s degree in international finance from Beihang University and an MBA degree from Tsinghua University.
Mr. Jonathan Jia Zhu serves as our director. Mr. Zhu has served as a managing director at Bain Capital Private Equity (Asia), LLC from 2006 to present. Since joining Bain Capital in 2006, Mr. Zhu has led Bain Capital’s investments in Asia, with a focus on China. Mr. Zhu is currently a non-executive director of Clear Media Limited (HKEx: 100), an independent non-executive director of Greatview Aseptic Packaging Company Limited (HKEx: 0468), and Sunac China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 1918). Mr. Zhu is also a director of RISE Education Cayman Ltd (Nasdaq: REDU) and Hugel, Inc. (KOSDAQ: 145020). Before joining Bain Capital in 2006, Mr. Zhu served as a managing director and chief executive officer at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Asia Limited’s China business from 1996 to 2006. He served as an associate at Morgan Stanley & Co from 1995 to 1996 and as an associate at Shearman & Sterling from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Zhu received a bachelor’s degree from Zhengzhou University, a master’s degree from Nanjing University, and a juris doctor degree from Cornell Law School. Mr. Zhu is a trustee of Cornell University in the U.S. and Nanjing University in China.
Mr. Zhongjue Chen serves as our director. Mr. Chen joined Bain Capital in 2005. Mr. Chen is currently a managing director with Bain Capital Asia, mainly responsible for managing Bain Capital’s private equity investments in Greater China and Asia Pacific region. His focus is on telecommunications, technology, media, business and financial services sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Chen served as an associate consultant at Bain & Company from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Chen currently sits on the boards of RISE Education Cayman Ltd (Nasdaq: REDU), ASIMCO, ChinaPnR and Trans Maldivian Airways. Mr. Chen received an MBA degree from Harvard University Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.
Mr. Barnaby Thomas Patrick Lyons serves as our director. Mr. Lyons has also served as a managing director, head of Asia at Bain Capital Credit (Hong Kong) from 2015 to present. He served at Bain Capital Credit (London) from 2006 to 2014. He served as a global management consultant at Bain & Company from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Lyons received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Weili Hong serves as our independent director. Dr. Hong is an independent director of Luolai Lifestyle Technology Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 002293) and an independent director of RISE Education Cayman Ltd (Nasdaq: REDU). In addition, Dr. Hong served as the President and Chief Research Officer of CMC Holdings from 2016 to 2018. Prior to joining CMC, Dr. Hong was a partner of the Gopher Asset Management from 2014 to 2016, in charge of PE/VC FOFs and direct investments. He also served as the managing partner of KTB China from 2008 to 2012, and the head of BD in ING China from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Hong was one of the pioneers of China’s capital markets since he joined Shanghai Stock Exchange at its forming stage in 1992, where he served in several important positions and developed China’s first financial futures product. From 1997 to 2004, Dr. Hong had served as a managing director of the securities business of China Venture-Tech Investment Group and the head of its Shanghai Branch. Dr. Hong received his Bachelor’s degree in 1992 and Doctor’s degrees in Economics in 1999 from Fudan University. Dr. Hong currently serves as a Guest Professor and a supervisor of the Master Degree Program in the School of Economics; and a Guest Professor of the Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University. Dr. Hong is also the vice chairman of the Global Alumni Association of the School of Economics, Fudan University, as well as the vice chairman of the Private Equity Association of Shanghai.
Mr. Thomas J. Manning serves as our independent director. He is currently the executive chairman of Cresco Labs Inc. (CSE: CL), one of the largest and fastest growing public U.S.-based companies in the emerging cannabis industry. He also serves on the board of CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: COMM), a leading global telecommunication and network technology manufacturer. From 2018 to 2019, he was the former chairman and chief executive officer of Dun & Bradstreet, the global leader in corporate information and data analytics. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Manning worked and lived in Asia for nearly 20 years, serving as CEO of Cerberus Asia Operations & Advisory Limited, a subsidiary of Cerberus Capital Management, CEO of Capgemini Asia, a leading information technology services company, and CEO of Ernst & Young Consulting Asia. He was also a senior partner with Bain & Company in Silicon Valley and was also a practice leader with McKinsey & Company early in his career. Mr. Manning previously served as a director of five public companies in China, namely Clear Media Limited, iSoftStone Holdings Limited, Asiainfo-Linkage, Inc., Gome Electrical Appliances Company, and the Bank of Communications Co., Ltd., and he served as a director in several private equity backed companies in China, India, and the United States. Mr. Manning is currently a 2020 Senior Fellow in Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. He has served as an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an adjunct faculty member at The University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Manning holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.
Dr. Gang Yu serves as our independent director. He is co-founder and executive chairman of 111, Inc. (Nasdaq: YI). He is one of China’s renowned serial entrepreneurs, co-founder of two major companies in China, Yihaodian, a leading e-commerce platform in China, and 111, Inc., a leading integrated online and offline healthcare platform in China powered by technology. Prior to beginning his entrepreneurial career, he held senior roles with Dell Inc. and Amazon.com, as vice-president for worldwide procurement at Dell and vice-president for worldwide supply chain at Amazon. He currently serves as board director of Midea Group Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 000333) and LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB), and as the co-chairman of the board of Zall Group (HKEx: 02098). He has had a distinguished academic career as well, serving as chair professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the Center for Management of Operations and Logistics and co-director of the Center for Decision-making Under Uncertainty. Dr. Yu has published over 80 journal articles, six books, and holds three U.S. patents. Dr. Yu is a recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, including the 2002 Franz Edelman Management Science Achievement Award from INFORMS and the 2012 Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award from POMS. He has a doctorate in decision sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a master of science degree in physics from Cornell University, and an undergraduate degree from Wuhan University.