Mr. Haijun Wang is our founder and has served as our Chairman of Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since 2013. Prior to founding Atour in 2013, Mr. Wang served as the executive vice president of China Lodging Group, Limited, currently known as Huazhu Group Ltd., a company listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol of ‘‘HTHT’’ and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code of ‘‘1179.’’ Prior to joining Huazhu in 2005, Mr. Wang worked for Home Inns, Jinjiang Inn, as well as other reputable hotel companies. As the founder of Atour, the first upper midscale lifestyle hotel chain in China, Mr. Wang is a well respected industry veteran with extensive hotel development and management experience. Mr. Wang was recognized as a leader in various industry leadership lists, including the List of the Most Innovative Business Figures in China, the List of 40 Leaders of China’s Hospitality Industry within the Past 40 Years, the List of the Most Innovative Figures in China’s Travel Industry. Mr. Wang graduated from Yanshan University and received his EMBA degree from the China Europe International Business School.
Ms. Rui Zhao has served as our Chief Financial Officer from 2016 to 2021 and our Co-Chief Financial Officer since 2021. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. Zhao served as the head of strategic investment department of Qunar.com, a leading online travel agency in China. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Zhao served as a vice president of Yonghua Capital, a private equity firm. Ms. Zhao graduated from Tsinghua University and received her MBA degree from Tsinghua University.
Mr. Shoudong Wang has served as our Co-Chief Financial Officer since 2021. Prior to joining us, Mr. Wang served in various positions for TANSH Global Food Group Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code of “3666.” Mr. Wang served as the chief financial officer of TANSH Global Group Co., Ltd. from 2019 to 2020. During 2011 to 2016, Mr. Wang was in charge of the management of finance, legal affairs and internal audit at TANSH Global Group Co., Ltd. and also served as board secretary and joint company secretary. Previously, Mr. Wang served in the finance department of Best Buy Commercial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Dazhong Transportation (Group) Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange under the stock code of “600611.” Mr. Wang graduated from Fudan University, and received his master’s degree in business administration from Fudan University.
Mr. Hong Lu has served as our Senior Vice President in charge of corporate strategies, internal control and investor relations and a director since 2021. Mr. Lu joined us in 2019 and served as a Vice President from 2019 to 2020. Previously, Mr. Lu served as a vice president and the board secretary of Xiamen 35.com Technology, a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the stock code of ‘‘300051,’’ a vice president and the board secretary of Shandong Zhongji Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd., a company listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the stock code of ‘‘300308,’’ and the board secretary of Guangzhou Goaland Energy Conservation Tech. Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the stock code of ‘‘300499.’’ Mr. Lu graduated from Fuzhou University and received his MBA degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
Mr. Gang Chen has served as our Co-Chief Operating Officer since 2022. Mr. Chen joined us as a Vice President in 2018 and was then promoted to a Senior Vice President in 2019. Previously, Mr. Chen served as a vice president of Zhuyou Hotel Management Co., Ltd. Mr. Chen graduated from Zhejiang Gongshang University.
Mr. Xun Zhang has served as our Chief Operating Officer since 2021 and our Co-Chief Operating Officer since 2022. Mr. Zhang joined us in 2013 and held various positions successively from 2013 to 2021, including regional general manager, chief operating officer of our hotel business unit, chief customer officer and head of chief executive officer’s office. Mr. Zhang brought us extensive hotel development and management experience. Prior to joining Atour from 2007 to 2013, Mr. Zhang served as hotel manager and regional manager for China Lodging Group, Limited, currently known as Huazhu Group Ltd., a company listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol of “HTHT” and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code of “1179.” Previously, Mr. Zhang also worked for multiple reputable local resort hotels in Chongqing, China. Mr. Zhang graduated from Chongqing University of Technology.
Ms. Lijun Gao has served as our Vice President in charge of legal matters since 2018 and a director since 2021. Ms. Gao joined us in 2013 and served as our general counsel from January 2015 to October 2018. Ms. Gao contributes more than a decade of experience in the practice of law and is specialized in corporate finance, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Gao graduated from Shanghai Normal University.