Mr. Peng has served as chairman of the Board since January 10, 2011 and as chief executive officer since March 25, 2016. Mr. Peng is the chairman of our Compensation Committee and the chairman of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Peng was appointed chairman of the Board due to the Stock Purchase Agreement entered between SPI and LDK on January 5, 2011. Mr. Peng founded LDK in July 2005 and was its chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Prior to LDK, Mr. Peng founded Suzhou Liouxin Co., Ltd., or Suzhou Liouxin, in March 1997 and was its chief executive officer until February 2006. Mr. Peng graduated from Jiangxi Foreign Trade School in 1993 with a Bachelor's in International Business from Beijing University Guanghua School of Management with an executive MBA degree in 2002.
Mr. Ren has served as our director since May 8, 2015. Mr. Ren is a managing director of a private equity firm in Hong Kong. Mr. Ren currently serves as a non-executive director of Labixiaoxin Snacks Group Limited, a Chinese manufacturer and distributor of snacks listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; a non executive director and vice chairman of board of directors of China Child Care Corporation, a Chinese manufacturer and distributor of child care products listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; an independent non executive director of Ronshine China Holdings Limited, a Chinese property developer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; and a board member of numerous private companies. From March 2012 to June 2015, Mr. Ren served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of IDI, Inc., a multi-platform media and data products and service company listed on the NYSE. From May to November 2013, Mr. Ren served as an independent director of Vision Fame International Holding Limited, a company focusing on the construction business and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. From June 2010 to March 2012, Mr. Ren served as president of a pharmaceutical investment holding company based in Hong Kong. Previously, Mr. Ren served as an executive director at UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2010 and as a vice president at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Ren holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of Peking University Law School (LL.B. and graduate program).
Dr. Zhou has served as our independent director since April 17, 2014. Dr. Zhou is a member of our Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Dr. Zhou has been a professor at Nanchang University since 1997. Dr. Zhou received a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and received a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in materials science and engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1985.
Mr.Zhao has served as our executive director since October 29, 2016.Mr. Minghua Zhao,currently serves as Joint COO of the Company’s China domestic business and previously served as Senior Vice President of the Company’s finance service business between February 2015 and June 2016. Before he joined the Company in February 2015, Mr. Zhao served as general manager of Suzhou Industrial Park Chengcheng Enterprises Guarantee Co., Ltd., a financial services company, and from 2003 to 2009 as president of Suzhou Industrial Park Branch of Suzhou Bank. Prior to that, he worked at CITIC Bank for six years. Mr. Zhao graduated from Jiangsu Province Business School in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration and from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in 2008 with a degree in Business Management.
Mr. Xiahou was our chief executive officer and director from August 19, 2013 to June 30, 2015 and has served as deputy chairman of our Board since July 1, 2015. Mr. Xiahou is also a senior vice president of LDK and has served as the general manager of LDK’s Solar Power System Division since May 2011. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Xiahou served as the Board Chairman and General Manager of Xinyu Urban Construction Group, a state-owned construction corporation in China. Before that, Mr. Xiahou served in various government roles from 1989 to 2011. Mr. Xiahou received his Bachelor of Economics degree from Xiamen University, China in 1989. He is also a certified accountant in China.
Dr. Dong has served as our director since July 2014. Dr. Dong was appointed as a director pursuant to the Amendment to the April 2014 Purchase Agreement between us and Robust Elite on June 3, 2014. Dr. Dong is the Head Strategist of Head & Shoulders Asset Management Limited, an affiliate of Robust Elite. Dr. Dong received his doctoral degree in Management of Sciences from City University of Hong Kong in 2011. While earning his doctorate, he participated in many trading strategy development projects with various financial institutions. Dr. Dong is licensed with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.
Mr. Roger Dejun Ye has served as our director and executive vice president in charge of the solar business since March 25, 2016. Prior to that, he was our chief executive officer from July 1, 2015 to March 24, 2016. Mr. Ye currently serves as a partner in four solar funds focusing on investing in and acquiring domestic and international solar projects. He was also the chief executive officer of Yangtze Investment Co., Ltd., a joint investment platform of Solar Power Fund and China Three Gorges Corporation focusing on overseas solar projects, from 2011 to 2013. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Ye held various positions at Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., including head of global sales. Prior to that, Mr. Ye worked at Siemens Limited China for over eight years, serving in key sales roles in the company's mobile communications division. Mr. Ye obtained his master's degree in applied physics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1999.
Dr. Ngai has served as our independent director, the chairman of our Audit Committee and a member of our Compensation Committee since May 2016. Dr. Ngai is the founder and CEO of SW Corporate Services Group Limited, a company providing company secretarial, corporate governance and compliance services. Prior to that, he was the director and head of listing services of an independent integrated corporate services provider. He has over 25 years of corporate and professional experience, working in senior management posts of company secretary, executive director and chief financial officer. During his career, Dr. Ngai has led and participated in a number of significant corporate finance projects including listings, mergers and acquisitions as well as issuance of debt securities.
Dr. Ngai is a member of the Working Group on Professional Services under the Economic Development Commission of HKSAR, a director of Hong Kong Coalition of Professional Services, the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (2015), a General Committee member of The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies, a member of Qualification and Examination Board of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Adjunct Professor of Law of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Dr. Ngai obtained a Doctoral Degree in Finance at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, a Master's Degree in Corporate Finance from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from AndrewsUniversity of Michigan and a Bachelor's Degree in Laws at University of Wolverhampton. He is in a selected talent pool of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration of the State Council (SASAC) and is serving as an independent non-executive director of several reputable listed companies.