Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, package tour and corporate travel management and other travel-related services in China. It has gone through rapid growth since its inception in 1999 and become China’s largest travel company. Ctrip, along with its invested companies, generated more than RMB350 billion in gross merchandise value in 2015. The Company is currently listed on the NASDAQ with a market cap of roughly $20 billion, which makes it one of the world’s largest online travel agents.
James Jianzhang Liang is one of the co-founders and executive chairman of our company. He has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception and has been the chairman of the board since August 2003. Mr. Liang served as our Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to January 2006, and from March 2013 to November 2016. Under his visionary leadership, Ctrip has successfully transitioned from offline to online and from online to mobile, made strategic investments in key industry players, and cultivated and invested in new business ideas. Ctrip is now one of the world’s largest online travel agencies. Mr. Liang has won many accolades for his contributions to the Chinese travel industry, including Best CEO in the Internet category in the 2016 All-Asia Executive Team Rankings by Institutional Investor and 2015 China’s Business Leader of the Year by Forbes. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Liang held a number of technical and managerial positions with Oracle Corporation from 1991 to 1999 in the United States and China, including the head of the ERP consulting division of Oracle China from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Liang currently serves on the boards of Tuniu (NASDAQ: TOUR), eHi (NASDAQ: EHIC) and MakeMyTrip (NASDAQ; MMYT). Mr. Liang received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also attended an undergraduate program at Fudan University.