The Company has two executive Directors, three non-executive Directors and three independent non-executive Directors. Their biographical details are set out below:
Mr. Zhang Jimin – Chairman
Mr. Zhang, aged 63, the founder of the Group, is currently the Chairman and executive Director of the Company. He is responsible mainly for the Group's overall strategic planning and investment decisions. Mr. Zhang is also a director of a number of the Group's subsidiaries including West China BVI, Shaanxi Yaobai, Lantian Yaobai, Ankang Yaobai, Xiushan Yaobai, Xian Yaobai and Longqiao Yaobai.
Mr. Zhang has more than 26 years of experience in the cement industry. He was the factory manager of the Shaanxi Province Pucheng County Hanjing Town Second Cement Factory (one of the predecessors of our production facility in Pucheng) from 1985 to December 1990 and the manager of the Pucheng County Hanjing Town Cement Factory (another predecessor of our production facility in Pucheng) thereafter. These two small cement facilities represent the origins of West China Cement, demonstrating the growth of the Group under the management of Mr. Zhang.
Mr. Zhang has actively participated in various cement technology development projects and from 1992 to 1994 , he led the development of low heat slag cement and moderate-heat Portland cement, winning the Second Grade Science and Technology Progress Prize issued by the Government of Shaanxi Province.
Mr. Zhang also holds several industry associations and political positions. He is the Chairman of the Shaanxi Province Cement Association, an industry association jointly established by The Raw Materials Division of The Industry and Information Technology Department of Shaanxi Province and various cement production enterprises in Shaanxi, holding this position since December 2009. As the Chairman of the Shaanxi Province Cement Association, Mr. Zhang promotes information exchange between cement enterprises in Shaanxi, leading the association to formulate a self-regulatory regime, maintaining fair market competition, providing technology and human resources and assisting the Shaanxi Government in regulating the cement industry in Shaanxi Province. Mr. Zhang is also a Xi'an City representative of the 11th Standing Committee of the Shaanxi Provincial People's Congress and participates in the plenary sessions of the 11th Standing Committee of the Shaanxi Provincial People's Congress for discussion and approval of various matters in relation to the political and economical development of Shaanxi Province. Mr. Zhang was also the Vice President of the China Cement Association.
Through these social positions, Mr. Zhang is able to maintain close contact with industry partners and local government so as to keep abreast of the latest development of the cement industry and government policies. Mr. Zhang received professional training in economic management from Peking University in July 2001.
Dr. Ma Weiping – Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Ma, aged 56, was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in June 2012 and redesignated as an executive Director and chief executive officer of the Company in February 2015. He has over 21 years of management and technical experience in the building materials industry in both the United States of America and China. From 1996 to 2002, Dr. Ma served as a senior process engineer and project manager for Holcim in Michigan, United States. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Ma served as a vice president of marketing and sales for Lafarge (China) in Beijing and served in a similar position for Lafarge Shuion Cement from 2005 to 2008. From 2008 to 2009, he served as a general manager and vice president for Lafarge A&C in Chongqing. Preceding his appointment as a non-executive Director, from 2009 to June 2012, Dr. Ma was also a chief representative and managing director of Fuping Cement, a company wholly owned by Italcementi Group.
Dr. Ma received a bachelor's degree in Inorganic and Non-Metallic Materials from Tongji University, Shanghai in 1982, a master's degree in Solid State Science and a Ph.D in Material Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and 1994, respectively. Dr. Ma also obtained a Master of Business Administration in Integration Management from Michigan State University in 2002.
Mr. Ma Zhaoyang – Non-executive Director
Mr. Ma, aged 49, was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company on 29 July, 2010. Mr. Ma received a master's degree in management from Northwestern Polytechnic University in May 1998. Mr. Ma has been a professor of management at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Shaanxi, China since 1996. In view of his academic knowledge and extensive experience in strategic planning, Mr. Ma was appointed a non-executive Director of the Company and assumes an advisory role with the Company in respect of the overall strategic planning and operation of its business. Mr. Ma has been the chairman and director of Sino Vanadium Inc., a vanadium mining company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada since June 2009. He has also been a non-executive director of Taihua PLC, a pharmaceutical company listed on the LSE, where he has assumed an advisory role since December 2006.
Ms. Liu Yan – Non-executive Director
Ms. Liu, aged 51, is currently the head of the finance department of Conch Cement, a substantial shareholder of the Company. She has extensive experience in financial management, internal audit and internal risk management and control. Ms. Liu graduated from Tongling University majoring in planning and statistics in 1987.
From March 2006 to April 2010, Ms. Liu served as the head of finance department of Anhui Tongling Conch Cement Co., Ltd. ("Anhui Tongling"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Conch Cement. From April 2010 to July 2013, Ms. Liu held various positions such as deputy chief accountant of Anhui Tongling and chief accountant of Suzhou Conch Cement Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Conch Cement. From July 2013 to December 2014, Ms. Liu served as deputy head of the finance department of Conch Cement.
Mr. Qin Hongji – Non-executive Director
Mr. Qin, aged 54, is currently the regional head of Conch Cement in Shangan, and general manager of Pingliang Conch Cement Co., Ltd and Linxia Conch Cement Co., Ltd, both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Conch Cement. He has extensive experience in the operation and management of cement production organisation and external communication and coordination. Mr. Qin graduated from Anhui Construction Engineering School majoring in cement technology in July 1984 and from Wuhan University of Technology majoring in silicate technology in December 1989.
From November 1998 to April 1999, Mr. Qin served as the head of the department of safety production of Baimashan Cement Plant of Conch Cement. From March 2008 to June 2013, Mr. Qin held various leading positions such as regional deputy head of Conch Cement in Shanghai, general manager of Taicang Conch Cement Co., Ltd, general manager of Shanghai Mingzhu Conch Cement Co., Ltd. and general manager of Shanghai Conch Cement Co., Ltd, all subsidiaries of Conch Cement.
Independent non-executive Directors
Mr. Lee Kong Wai Conway – Independent non-executive Director
Mr. Lee, aged 63, was appointed an independent non-executive Director of the Company on 29 July, 2010. Mr. Lee serves as Chairman of the audit committee of the Company, member of the remuneration committee of the Company, and also member of the nomination committee of the Company. He is mainly responsible for reviewing and advising the financial reporting process, audit process, internal control and risk management systems of the Group and providing independent advice to the Board on various financial and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Lee received a bachelor's degree in arts from Kingston University (formerly known as Kingston Polytechnic) in London in July 1980 and further obtained his postgraduate diploma in business from Curtin University of Technology in Australia in February 1988. Mr. Lee served as a partner of Ernst & Young over the past 29 years and held key leadership positions in the development of such firm in China. Mr. Lee is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Macau Society of Registered Accountants. Mr. Lee currently also serves as an independent non-executive director of Chaowei Power Holdings Limited, China Modern Dairy Holdings Limited, Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Limited, NVC Lighting Holding Limited, Yashili International Holdings Limited, WH Group Limited, China Rundong Auto Group Limited and Guotai Junan Securities Limited, companies listed on the main board of the HKSE, since July 2010, November 2010, March 2011, November 2012, November 2013, August 2014, August 2014 and April 2017 respectively. He was also an independent non-executive director of China Taiping Insurance Holdings Company Limited, Merry Garden Holdings Limited and Citic Securities Company Limited, companies also listed on the main board of the HKSE, from October 2009 to August 2013, from July 2014 to September 2015, and from November 2011 to May 2016 respectively, and Sino Vanadium Inc., which was listed on TSX Venture Exchange in Canada, between October 2009 and December 2011. Mr. Lee was appointed as a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference of Hunan Province in China from 2007 to December 2017.
Mr. Wong Kun Kau – Independent non-executive Director
Mr. Wong, aged 57, was appointed an independent non- executive Director of the Company on 29 July, 2010. Mr. Wong serves as the members of audit committee and remuneration committee of the Company. He is mainly responsible for bringing an independent judgement to bear on issues of strategy, policy, performance, accountability and resources of the Company. Making use of his extensive experience in investment and capital market, he is also responsible for advising the Company on its investment strategies and business development.
Mr. Wong received a bachelor's degree in social sciences from the University of Hong Kong in November 1982. He has 28 years of experience in fund management, securities broking and corporate financing involving securities origination, underwriting and placing of equities and equity-linked products, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and reorganizations and other general corporate advisory activities. Mr. Wong has extensive experience in the Greater China region markets. He is the founder and currently the managing partner of Bull Capital Partners Ltd, a direct investment fund management company. Before founding Bull Capital Partners Ltd., Mr. Wong was the Head of Asia Investment Banking of BNP Paribas Capital (Asia Pacific) Limited from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Wong is also a non-executive Director of Sun. King Power Electronics Group Limited, a company listed on the main board of the HKSE since October 2010, an independent non-executive director of Conch Cement, Lifestyle Properties Development Limited and China Shengmu Organic Milk Limited, companies listed on the main board of the HKSE, from May 2012 to June 2016, from September 2013 to May 2017 and from July 2014 to July 2017, respectively, and an independent non-executive director of REF Holdings Limited, a company listed on the GEM Board of the HKSE, since September 2015.
Mr. Tam King Ching Kenny – Independent non-executive Director
Mr. Tam, aged 68, was appointed as an independent non-executive Director of the Company on July 29, 2010. Mr. Tam serves as chairman of remuneration committee of the Company and also the members of the audit committee and nomination committee of the Company. He is mainly responsible for overseeing the policy and structure of the remuneration for Directors and senior management of the Company. He is also responsible for monitoring the Company's performance in achieving agreed corporate goals and objectives, and taking the lead where potential conflicts of interest arise.
Mr. Tam received a bachelor's degree in commerce from the Concordia University in November 1975. He is a practising Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, Canada. Mr. Tam is a member of the Small and Medium Practitioners Committee and the Insolvency SD Vetting Committee in the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a past president of The Society of Chinese Accountants and Auditors. Mr. Tam has also served as an independent non-executive director of seven other listed companies on the main board of the HKSE, namely, Kingmaker Footwear Holdings Limited, CCT Fortis Holdings Limited, Shougang Concord Grand (Group) Limited, Starlite Holdings Limited, Hong Kong Shanghai Alliance Holdings Limited and BeijingWest Industries International Limited, CCT Land Holdings Limited and Wisdom Education International Holdings Company Limited, since May 1994, December 1999, February 1996, July 2004, September 2004, January 2014, February 2016 and January 2017, respectively, and served as an independent non-executive director of a listed company on the GEM board of the HKSE, namely, North Asia Strategic Holdings Limited, till February 2013.
Ms. Wangrui – Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Wang, aged 40, is mainly responsible for the management of sales company, materials company, logistics company, commercial concrete company, testing company, and the strategic development department. Ms. Wang obtained an MBA degree from Hong Kong Economy & Trading Management Academy in July 2010. She joined the Group in 1998 and held several positions including office manager, assistant manager, chief administration officer, general manager of materials company, and general manger of sales company, etc. She has won several rewards, such as Outstanding Communist Party Member of Ministry of Industry and Information of Shaanxi Province （陝西省工信廳中共優秀共產黨員), and Outstanding Entrepreneur of National Building Material Industry (全國建材行業優秀企業家).
Mr. Wang Fayin – Deputy Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Production Technology Department
Mr. Wang, aged 47, is mainly responsible for production, quality, technology and equipment operation. He obtained an associate diploma in electric application technology from Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology (洛陽工業高等專科學院). Mr. Wang joined the Group in May 1996 and held several positions including workshop director, factory manager, director of production technology department, chief of electricity section, regional general manager, etc. Mr. Wang has extensive experience in production technology. He has won several rewards granted by Shaanxi Association for Technological Innovation in Building Material Industry (陝西省建材行業技術創新協會).
Mr. Chu Yufeng – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Chu, aged 39, is mainly responsible for financial management of Yaobai Group. Mr. Chu joined Shaanxi Yaobai as deputy chief financial officer in July 2012 and he was the deputy administration, finance and control director of Shaanxi Fuping from November 2010 to June 2012. Mr. Chu received a master degree in business administration from an international business joint program organised by Maastricht School of Management (MSM) of Netherlands and Independent University of Bangladesh in June 2005. He also graduated with a bachelor's degree in commerce in international accounting from Xi'an JiaoTong University in June 1999.
West China Cement Limited
Mr. Chan King Sau – Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Mr. Chan, aged 40, joined the Company on 1 June, 2010. Mr. Chan was an assistant financial controller of the Company before being appointed as chief financial officer of the Company. He was also appointed as the company secretary of the Company since June 2012. From September 2000 to August 2008, Mr. Chan worked for Ernst & Young, in a range of positions including staff accountant, senior accountant and manager. From September 2008 to October 2009, Mr. Chan worked for Nineyou International Limited, an online game operator as chief financial officer and company secretary. He graduated from University of Hong Kong with a bachelor's degree in finance in November 2000. Mr. Chan is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.