Mr. Bin (Tony) Zhao is our founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Mr. Zhao founded our company in November 2013. From December 2009 to March 2015, Mr. Zhao served as a director of YY, Inc. (recently renamed JOYY Inc.), a video-based social network listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Mr. Zhao also served as chief technology officer of YY, Inc. from October 2008 to December 2013. Prior to joining YY, Inc., Mr. Zhao founded NeoTasks, LLC in 2004 and served as its chairman and chief technology officer until 2008. From 1997 to 2004, he served as a senior engineer at WebEx Communications Inc. where he was responsible for developing audio and video calling functions and designing backend architecture. Mr. Zhao received a bachelor’s degree in radio and electronics from Peking University in 1992. We believe Mr. Zhao’s perspective, experience and institutional knowledge as our founder and Chief Executive Officer qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Mr. Siming Tao joined our company in May 2014 and has served in various roles, most recently as Senior Vice President of Products. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Tao was the head of platform development at YY, Inc. (recently renamed JOYY Inc.), a video-based social network listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, from October 2008 to February 2014, during which time he also served as chairman of its technology committee. From October 2006 to October 2008, Mr. Tao served as a core architect at NeoTasks, LLC. Before NeoTasks, he worked as a client-side core development engineer at teltel.com from October 2005 to October 2006. Mr. Tao received a bachelor’s degree in electronic and information engineering from Beijing Institute of Information in 2003 and a master’s degree in communication engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2006.
Mr. Sheng (Shawn) Zhong has served as our Chief Scientist since January 2018. Mr. Zhong previously served as the chief executive officer of Hisense Microchip Company, a Hisense Group company, from January 2015 to December 2017, and as its chief technology officer from July 2012 to January 2015. Mr. Zhong was vice president of technology at Huaya Microelectronics (which was acquired by Hisense) from August 2009 to July 2012, and before Huaya, Mr. Zhong held several technical roles at Broadcom Inc. from 1999 to 2009, where he designed algorithms and architectures for many generations of Broadcom chips for advanced video processing. Prior to Broadcom, he was a senior design engineer at LSI Corporation from 1997 to 1999 where he was responsible for developing digital video processing algorithms. Mr. Zhong holds more than 100 technology patents, of which more than 60 technology patents are in the United States. He was a key member of International Organization for Standardization (ISO)’s MPEG/JVT team, INCITS and IEEE, and has published more than 30 papers in the field of video processing and computer vision. Mr. Zhong received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and PhD in applied mathematics from Peking University and was a post-doctorate research associate at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1996 to 1997.
Mr. Regev (Reggie) Yativ has served as Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Agora Lab, our subsidiary in the United States, since February 2018. Mr. Yativ previously served as vice president of sales at Redis Labs, Inc., a private NoSQL enterprise database management provider, from December 2014 to January 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Yativ was a senior director of marketing and global services at Johnson & Johnson, a healthcare company, from November 2013 to November 2014. Mr. Yativ served in various roles at Magic Software Enterprises Inc., a global enterprise software company listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, including as its U.S. president and chief executive officer from December 2007 to November 2013 and as managing director of its six European companies prior to that. Mr. Yativ graduated from Tel Aviv University with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics.
Mr. Jingbo Wang has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 2020. Mr. Wang previously served as a director and the chief financial officer of Qutoutiao Inc., an operator of mobile content platforms, from February 2018 to January 2020, and as the chief financial officer of Yintech Investment Holdings Limited, a provider of investment and trading services, from October 2014 to February 2018, both of which are listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Prior to that, Mr. Wang worked at Deutsche Bank from 2009 to 2014, with his last position being vice president in the corporate finance division. Mr. Wang graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 2003. Mr. Wang graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a master’s degree in computer science in 2005 and was awarded a PhD degree in management studies from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in 2010.