Mr. Zuosheng ("Henry") Yu
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Yu joined us in October 2004 and became Chairman of the Board at that time. He also serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Since February 2001, he has been President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Beijing Wendlar Investment Management Group, Beijing, China. Mr. Yu graduated in 1985 from Sciences and Engineering Institute, Tianjin, China. In July 1994, he received a Bachelor's degree from Institute of Business Management for Officers. Mr. Yu received the title of "Senior Economist" from the Committee of Science and Technology of Tianjin City in 1994. In July 1997, he received an MBA degree from the Graduate School of Tianjin Party University. Since April 2003, Mr. Yu has held a position as a member of China's APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation) Development Council. Mr. Yu's strong knowledge of, and experience in, the Chinese steel industry, as well as his extensive institutional knowledge of our Company make him well suited to contribute to our Board of Directors.
Mr. John Chen
Mr. Chen joined us in May 2004 and was elected as a director in March 2005. He also serves as our Chief Financial Officer. From August 1997 to July 2003, he served as a senior accountant at Moore Stephens, Wurth, Frazer and Torbet, LLP in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Chen graduated from Norman Bethune University of Medical Science, Changchun city, Jilin province, China in September 1992. He received a B.S. degree in accounting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, U.S. in July 1997. Mr. Chen's accounting skills and experience make him well suited to contribute to our board. He currently also serves on the board of directors of China Carbon Graphite Group, Inc. (OTCBB: CHGI), SGOCO Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SGOC), and China HGS Real Estate Inc. (NASDAQ: HGSH).
Mr. Xiaozeng Xu
Director & General Manager of Longmen Joint Venture
Mr. Xu joined General Steel and was elected as a director in October, 2010. He currently serves as the Director and General Manager of Shaanxi Longmen Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the Company. Mr. Xu has been working at Shaanxi Longmen Iron and Steel Group Co., Ltd. in various positions for more than 20 years, including as Deputy Director of an iron making factory and Director of the Sales Department. Mr. Xu obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1996.
Mr. James Hu
Mr. Hu was elected as an independent director in February 2009. Since 2006, Mr. Hu has worked at Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited. Previously, Mr. Hu was a Senior Auditor with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in the United States before moving on to hold management positions at both U.S. and China-based firms. His education includes a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School at the University of Virginia. He is a California licensed certified public accountant. His auditing and consulting experience make him well suited to contribute to our Board of Directors.
Ms. Angela He
Ms. He was elected as an independent director in July 2010. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Procell Biotech Asia Corp. in Newport Beach, California and as an SEC reporting and accounting advisor to various publicly traded and private companies in the United States. From 2010 to 2012, she served as the Chief Officer of Aero Technology in Long Beach, California. From 2006 to 2007, she served as a Senior Auditor for PriceWaterhouse Coopers in Los Angeles. From 2003 to 2006, she served as an auditor for Moore Stephens Wurth Frazer and Torbet, LLP (now known as Frazer LLP). Ms. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from California State University at Fullerton and is a California Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Qinghai Du
Mr. Du was elected as a director in August 2007. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Du was the General Engineer for Beijing Industrial Design and Research Institute. During the past 40 years, he has served as the Chief Engineer and Section Chief at both Baotou Design and Research Institute of Iron and Steel, and the Design Institute of Capital Iron and Steel. Mr. Du received his Bachelor's degree in Iron and Steel Metallurgy from the Beijing University of Science and Technology, formerly known as Beijing University of Iron and Steel Technology, in 1963. Mr. Du has considerable experience in and strong knowledge of the Chinese steel industry which makes him well suited to contribute to our Board of Directors.
Mr. Zhongkui Cao
Mr. Cao was elected as a director in April 2007. From January 1994 to December 1998, Mr. Cao was President and Chairman of the Board at Baotou Metallurgy Machinery State-owned Asset Management Co. Mr. Cao graduated from Baotou Institute of Iron and Steel in 1974. Mr. Cao's understanding and experience relating to the Chinese steel industry make him well suited to contribute to our Board of Directors.
Mr. Webing ("Chris") Wang
Mr. Wang was elected as an independent director in November 2007. Since September, 2009, Mr. Wang has served as President and a Director of Fushi Copperweld, Inc. ("Fushi"). In addition, Mr. Wang was the Chief Financial Officer of Fushi from December 2005 to August 2009 and served as interim Chief Financial Officer of Fushi from March 2010 to October 2010. Mr. Wang received a degree in English from the Beijing University of Science and Technology in 1994 and an MBA in Finance and Corporate Accounting from the Simon Business School of the University of Rochester in 2002. His strong knowledge of finance and extensive experience in public company operations make him well suited to contribute to our board. In addition to his position as Director of Fushi, Mr. Wang also currently serves on the board of Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ONP).
Mr. Yongtao Si
Mr. Si was elected as an independent director in July 2010. From 2000 to April 2010, Mr. Si worked for Baotou Iron and Steel Group Co., Ltd., in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, in various senior management positions including General Manger, Director and Chairman. He also served as Vice President of the China Iron and Steel Association ("CISA"), a national, non-profit organization founded in 1999, formerly known as China Metallurgical Enterprise Management Association. Mr. Si graduated from Beijing Science and Technology University with a degree in steel production.