Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Xi Zhang is OneSmart’s founder and has served as its Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer since its inception. Mr. Zhang founded OneSmart in 2008. Prior to that, he served as general manager of EF Education China from December 2005 to December 2007, associate director of strategic planning at Johnson & Johnson Medical International from August 2004 to November 2005, marketing manager at Wrigley China from January 2000 to May 2002. In August 2012, Mr. Zhang was recognized as one of the "Top 10 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs in China in 2012" by Global Times. He received a bachelor's degree from Peking University in 1996 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 2004.
Director , Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategic Officer
Mr. Honggang Zuo previously served as a member of the Board from September 2017 to February 2018. Mr. Zuo was an executive director of Asian Special Situations Group of Goldman Sachs. Prior to that, he worked as an investment executive of Intermediate Capital Group in China, vice president of GE Capital in the United States, and director of MasterCard in the United States. In his earlier career, Mr. Zuo worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in China. Mr. Zuo received his bachelor's degree in international business from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1998 and his master's degree in business administration from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2004.
Ms. Zhizhi Gong has served as OneSmart’s director since September 2017. Ms. Gong joined Carlyle Group since 2010, where she currently serves as a managing director focusing on Asia private equity investment and buyout opportunities. Ms. Gong is a director on the board of directors of Fang Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN). Ms. Gong was a member of the board of directors of Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited (HKSE: 00157) in 2015. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Gong was a principal at Apax Partners from 2007 to 2010, where she was a founding member of the Greater China team. Prior to that, Ms. Gong worked at the investment banking department at China International Capital Corporate Limited from 2002 to 2005. Ms. Gong was the Chairwoman of the supervisory board of Focus Media Information Technology Co., Ltd. (SZ: 002027) from 2015 to 2016. Ms. Gong received a bachelor's degree in economics from Peking University in 2002 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 2007.
Mr. Zhe Wei has served as OneSmart’s independent director since the IPO. Mr. Wei has over 20 years of experience in both investment and operational management in China. Prior to launching Vision Knight Capital, a private equity fund, in 2011, Mr. Wei served for five years as an executive director and the chief executive officer of Alibaba.com Limited, a leading worldwide B2B e-commerce company. Mr. Wei was the president, from 2002 to 2006, and chief financial officer, from 2000 to 2002, of B&Q China, a subsidiary of Kingfisher plc, a leading home improvement retailer in Europe and Asia. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Wei was also the chief representative for Kingfisher's China sourcing office, Kingfisher Asia Limited. Mr. Wei currently serves as a non-executive director of UBM plc, a global business-to-business event organizer listed on the London Stock Exchange, an independent director of Zall Development Group Ltd., a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, an independent director of Leju Holdings Limited, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and has been non-executive director at PCCW Limited since November 29, 2011. Mr. Wei received a bachelor's degree in international business management from Shanghai International Studies University in July 1993 and completed a corporate finance program at London Business School in June 1998.
Mr. Mason Xu has served as an independent director since February 2020. Mason Xu is Founding Partner of Heyi Capital and Founder of Lightworks and DNA Pictures. Prior to that, Mr. Xu was Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bona Film Group Limited from 2010 to 2012 where he was instrumental in managing its IPO on NASDAQ in 2010. Prior to joining Bona Film, Mr. Xu served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STV) from 2006 to 2010, where he led the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2007. Mr. Xu is an independent director for ThunderSoft (SZSE: 300496), an operating systems technology service provider with cutting-edge mobile application, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, and enterprise solutions; an independent director for Nuode Asset Management Co., Ltd.; the Chapter Chair for YPO Greater China, a global leadership community of chief executives; deputy director of the Beijing Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment; President of the Harvard Club of Beijing; and a member of the China Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute. Mr. Xu received dual bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Gong is a professor of entrepreneurial management practice at China Europe International Business School ("CEIBS") and a Programme Director of CEIBS Entrepreneurial Leadership Camp/CEIBS Venture Capital Camp. Dr. Gong specializes in lean startup methodology and has focused his research on strategic transformation, lean startup and business model innovation. Prior to joining CEIBS, Dr. Gong was an assistant professor at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. He currently serves as an independent director at Giant Network Group Co. Ltd. (Shenzhen Stock Exchange: 002558) and Jack Sewing Machine Co. Ltd. (Shanghai Stock Exchange: 603337). Dr. Gong received his bachelor's degree from Hunan University, China, an MBA degree from Zhejiang University, China, and a Ph.D. in management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.