GUANGZHOU, China, May 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (Nasdaq:YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a revolutionary rich communication social platform, today announced that it has enhanced the independence of its Board of Directors (the "Board") by appointing two additional independent directors, effective as of May 23, 2013. After the appointment, the Company's Board will consist of a majority of independent directors.
YY appointed Mr. Richard Weidong Ji as an independent director and a member of the audit committee of the Board and Mr. David Tang, as an independent director and a member of the compensation committee of the Board. Additionally, Mr. Alexander Hartigan, a non-independent director of the Board who has been a director since 2008, has resigned from the Board effective May 23, 2013.
Mr. Richard Weidong Ji served as managing director and head of Asia-Pacific Internet/media investment research at Morgan Stanley Asia Limited from 2005 to 2012. During his time with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Ji was consistently rated as one of the top Internet analysts covering the Chinese Internet according to the Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates' annual surveys. Over Mr. Ji's career, he has received many awards from reputable publications and research groups including the Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Asiamoney, Absolute Return & Alpha magazine and iResearch Consulting Group. Mr. Ji holds a PhD in biological science from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from Fudan University in China. Mr. Ji is currently establishing his own fund with the goal of investing in Internet technology leaders and consumer brands that help enhance the lives of Chinese consumers.
Mr. David Tang currently serves as a Managing Director of Nokia Growth Partners, a global venture capital firm that specializes in investing in mobile technologies and mobile businesses. Mr. Tang has spent nearly a decade with the Nokia group, having served as the Vice Chairman of Nokia (China) Investment Co., Ltd. and Chairman of Nokia Telecommunications Ltd. where he was responsible for government relations, strategic partnerships, corporate development, and sustainability. Prior to serving in those roles, he was the Vice Chairman and Vice President of Sales for Nokia in the greater China region from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Tang has also held executive positions in other leading global technology firms such as Apple, AMD, 3Com, DEC, and AST. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Tang was the Vice President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Vice Chairman of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investments, and Vice Chairman of the Beijing International Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Tang received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from California State University at Long Beach and a master's degree in Business from California State University at Fullerton.
Mr. Jun Lei, chairman of the Board of YY, stated, "We are very excited to bring on two new directors who have extensive knowledge and experience working in the global internet and technology industries. We believe their wealth of knowledge, skills and insights will help us drive our ongoing strategic initiatives going forward. We also believe that the increased independence of our Board further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to strengthening our corporate governance practice. Upon the appointments of Mr. Ji and Mr. Tang, we are in full compliance with the requirements of the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules to have a majority independent board in a relatively short amount of time since becoming a publicly listed company. We also wish to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Hartigan for his service to YY as our Board member and wish him continued success in his future endeavors."
Pursuant to these appointments, the Company's Board is now comprised of nine members, a majority of whom are independent directors. The Company's audit and compensation committees now both have three members, all of whom are independent directors.
About YY Inc.
YY Inc. ("YY" or the "Company") is a revolutionary rich communication social platform that engages users in real-time online group activities through voice, text and video. Launched in July 2008, YY Client, the Company's core product, empowers users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a wide range of online activities, including online games, karaoke, music concerts, education, live shows and conference calls.
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