The following members make up the Zenix Auto Board of Directors. Please select an individual member below to learn more about them and the committees they contribute to.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Lai founded the Company in 2003 based on his over 20 years of experience in the Chinese commercial vehicle wheel industry. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Lai was the factory manager of the Zhangzhou Xiangcheng Zhengxing Automobile Wheel Factory from 1996 to 2003. Formerly, he was also the factory manager of the Fujian Pinghe Guanxi Automobile Wheel Factory from 1993 to 1996, and the factory manager of the Pinghe Automobile Tire and Bicycle Repair Depot from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Lai was awarded "The Outstanding Private Entrepreneur in the PRC" in 2004 and "The Outstanding Individual of the PRC Automotive Industry" in 2008, in recognition of his business achievements and industry stature. Mr. Lai is also the founder of the Pinghe Zhengxing School and Zhangzhou Zhengxing School (providing primary school to high school education).
Mr. Gao became the Company's deputy chief executive officer, and chief sales and marketing officer in June 2008. He has served on the board of directors since February 2009. Mr. Gao also was our marketing and sales manager when he joined the Company in 2004. He has over 20 years of marketing, sales, and management experience in the Chinese commercial vehicle wheel and machinery industry. Formerly, Mr. Gao headed the marketing and sales department of the Zhangzhou Xiangcheng Zhengxing Automobile Wheel Factory from 1999 to 2004. He has been a regional product sales manager from 1993 to 1999 as well as an electrical design technician and product after-sales engineer from 1990 to 1993 at the Xuzhou Press System Company Limited. He is a senior engineer and Mr. Gao received his bachelor's degree in industrial electrical automation from Hefei University of Technology in 1990.
Mr. Sharp has over 40 years of experience in the tire manufacturing industry. Since 2001, Mr. Sharp has been president of Global Industrial Consulting, a consulting firm. He is currently also a director of the following companies: Ferro Corporation, a NYSE-listed company, Exceed Co. Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed company, Xingda International Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed company, and the Acquity Group LLC. Ferro Corporation produces performance materials, and Mr. Sharp is the chairman of the audit committee and is also a member of the compensation and finance committees. Xingda International Holdings Limited manufactures components for radial tires and Mr. Sharp serves as the chairman of the compensation committee and as a member of the audit committee. Exceed Co. Ltd. produces footwear, apparel and accessories, and he is the chairman of the audit and the compensation committees. Acquity Group LLC, is a multi-channel commerce and digital marketing company, where he serves as a member of the audit and compensation committees. Mr. Sharp joined The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1964 and was the president of its North America Tire group from 1999 to 2000. He was the president of Goodyear's Global Support Operations from 1996 to 1999, and the president of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Sharp received his bachelors of science degree in industrial engineering from Ohio State University in 1963.
Mr. Zhang is an experienced independent director serving with a number of Chinese companies as follows: CNFOL.COM Company Limited, a Chinese online financial information provider, Shanghai CiFi Company Limited, a PRC property developer, and Shenzhen Minsheng Royal Fund Management Co., Ltd., a Chinese fund management company, where he is a member of the audit committee, since 2007, Zhengzhou Gas Company Limited, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed company, from 2002 to 2008, and Fujian Zhonghe Company Limited, a Shenzhen Stock Exchange listed company, from 2002 to 2008. Mr. Zhang served as an external supervisor of the Industrial Bank Company Limited, a Shanghai Stock Exchange listed company, from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Zhang is the head of the economics department of the Financial Research Institute of Xiamen University. Since 1960, Mr. Zhang has been a lecturer, and associate professor and deputy head of the finance and fiscal department of the economics faculty, professor, supervisor of doctoral candidates and department head of the finance and fiscal department, professor, supervisor of doctoral candidates and faculty head of the economics faculty, and professor, supervisor of doctoral candidates and head of the fiscal research institute, all of Xiamen University. Mr. Zhang received his bachelor's degree in economics from Xiamen University in 1960.
Mr. Xiandai Zhang has over 20 years of experience in auditing, tax and accounting including 6 years of national auditing, 16 years experience with accounting and tax firms, and 12 years as an auditor or tax project manager. He is the director of taxation and a legal representative of Quanzhou Fangzheng Taxation from the year 2005 to present. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Zhang was the deputy director and an accountant at Quanzhou Fangzheng Accounting. Previously, he was the deputy director and accountant in the City of Shishi and an auditor in Yong'An City. Mr. Zhang is a Certified Public Accountant ("CPA") and Chartered Tax Adviser ("CTA") in China. He also has qualified as an economist and senior auditor. He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Fuzhou University in 1992. Mr. Zhang has been appointed to the audit committee and he qualifies as an independent director under the criteria of The New York Stock Exchange.