HANGZHOU, China, Oct. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sky-mobi Limited ("Sky-mobi" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:MOBI), a leading mobile application store and mobile social network community operator in China, announced today the appointment of Mr. Yijia (John) Bi as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective October 30, 2013.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Bi held a senior executive position at Accenture China, a global consulting firm, and served as the Chief Financial Officer to a joint venture of Accenture and China Telecom from 2012 to 2013. From February to September 2011, Mr. Bi served as Chief Financial Officer of Cathay Industrial Biotech, a clean-tech company based in Shanghai, China. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as the corporate finance director of Asia Timber Products, a manufacturing company owned by CVC Asia Pacific, the Asian affiliate of CVC Capital Partners, a leading global private equity firm.
From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Bi served as the Chief Financial Officer of Jingwei International Limited, and worked as a consultant to Jingwei International Limited from 2007 to 2008. In 2006, Mr. Bi was the director of corporate finance and accounting of Timken (China) Investment Co., Ltd. and from 2004 to 2006 was the financial controller of DIC (China) Co., Ltd.
From 1997 to 1999, he served as the financial controller of Lear Jiangling Interior System, Inc., a joint venture between Lear Corporation and Jiangling Motors Company (Group). From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Bi worked for Motorola (China) Electronics Ltd. as a credit analyst and a financial analyst.
Mr. Bi received an MBA from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Canada in 2002 and a bachelor's degree in economics from Renmin University of China in 1994 through China's self-study examination system (whereby self-study examinees can receive a record of higher education by passing examinations). From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Bi studied at Yanjing Overseas Chinese University (now part of the Capital University of Economics and Business) where he received a diploma in Financial Accounting.
Mr. Bi replaces Mr. Carl Yeung, who stepped down as the Company's Chief Financial Officer earlier this year, but remains a non-executive director of the Company.
"We are pleased to welcome John as our new CFO," said Mr. Michael Tao Song, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "We believe that John's excellent corporate finance background and strong management experience will significantly contribute to Sky-mobi's growth and development. We are fortunate to have John join us at this stage and look forward to him helping us build Sky-mobi."
"In his three and a half years as Chief Financial Officer, Carl did a tremendous job guiding the Company during a period of growth and expansion," continued Mr. Song. "I am pleased that Carl has been available to assist the Company during its transition to a new CFO. We thank him for his important contributions and look forward to his continued involvement as a director of Sky-mobi."
About Sky-mobi Limited
Sky-mobi Limited operates the leading mobile application store in China in terms of the user visits to the Company's Maopao application store. The Company works with handset companies to pre-install its Maopao mobile application store on handsets and with content providers to provide users with applications and content titles. Users of its Maopao store can browse, download and enjoy a range of applications and content, such as single-player games, mobile music and books. The Company's Maopao store enables mobile applications and content to be downloaded and run on various mobile handsets with different hardware and operating system configurations. The Company also operates a mobile social network community in China, the Maopao Community, where it offers mobile social games, as well as applications and content with social network functions to its registered members. The Company is based in Hangzhou, the People's Republic of China. For more information, please visit: www.sky-mobi.com.
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CONTACT: For investor and media inquiries please contact: Sky-mobi Limited John Bi, Chief Financial Officer Phone: + (86) 571-87770978 (Hangzhou) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ICR Inc. Mr. Jeremy Peruski, Senior Vice President Phone: + (1) (646) -915-1615 (US) Email: email@example.com