Management team


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Alibaba Group Management Team

1.        Jack Ma

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alibaba Group

Chairman and Non-executive Director,

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Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, has been chairman and chief executive officer of the company since its inception in 1999.

Before Alibaba, Ma founded one of the first Internet-based companies in China in 1995.

Ma also headed an information technology company established by the China International Electronic Commerce Center, a department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation from 1998 to 1999.

In 2009, he was recognized as one of the "TIME 100: The World's Most Influential People" by TIME magazine.

Ma holds a bachelor's degree in English from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute.

 2.         Polo Shao

Group Secretary and Senior Vice President, Alibaba Group

General Manager, China Business Unit,

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Polo Shao joined Alibaba Group in March 2005. As director of the Group's network security department, Shao was in charge of building a security management system for Alibaba’s products.

In 2006, Polo served as assistant to the Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jack Ma. Shao was named senior vice president of Alibaba Group in January 2009.

Shao is now responsible for facilitating strategic collaboration among different subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Alibaba Group, Polo was a renowned criminal investigator in China.  

3.        David Wei

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director,

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David Wei has been chief executive officer of since October 2007. He joined Alibaba in November 2006 as president of the business-to-business division and as executive vice president of Alibaba Group.

Before joining the company, Wei was president and chief financial officer of B&Q China, the country's largest home improvement retailer.

Wei holds a bachelor's degree in international business management from Shanghai International Studies University, and he is a graduate of the corporate finance program at the London Business School. 

4.        Jonathan Luk

Executive Vice President, Alibaba Group

Chief Executive Officer and President, Taobao

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Jonathan Luk joined Alibaba Group in 1999.

From 2000 to 2004, he served in several leadership roles at and managed the South China region for the company. In September 2004, Jonathan led a dedicated team to establish Alipay. Luk had served as the company's president for four years before moving to Taobao in 2008.

Prior to Alibaba, Jonathan was a co-founder of a network communication company. 

5.        Lucy Peng

Chief Executive Officer, Alipay

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As one of the founders of Alibaba, Lucy Peng has served in a number of senior roles at the company, including marketing and customer service.

Peng has been chief executive officer of Alipay, an online payment service, since January 2010.

Peng graduated from Hangzhou Institute of Commerce of Zhejiang Gongshang University in 1994 with a degree in business administration. She had been a teacher at Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics for five years.  

6.        Wang Jian

Chief Architect, Alibaba Group

President, Alibaba Cloud Computing

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Before joining Alibaba in 2008, Wang Jian was an assistant managing director at Microsoft Research Asia.

He led the development of a large-scale data processing system, which was used to develop Office 2007 and dozens of other Microsoft products.

Prior to taking the job at Microsoft in 1999, Wang Jian worked in the Department of Psychology at Zhejiang University.

He graduated from the psychology department of Hangzhou University in 1990 and has a doctorate in engineering.

Wang is now in charge of the company’s technology development. 

7.        Tiger Wang

Senior Vice President, Alibaba Group

General Manager, China Yahoo!

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Tiger Wang joined Alibaba Group in December 2003. He is now responsible for the company's marketing and public relations operations. Wang also serves as general manager of Yahoo’s Chinese unit.

Wang worked for several media and Internet companies before joining Alibaba.

Wang graduated from the College of Chinese Language and Literature of Shandong Normal University in September 1997.  

8.        Joe Tsai

Chief Financial Officer and Director, Alibaba Group

Non-executive Director,

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Joe Tsai joined Alibaba Group in 1999 as a member of the founding team. He is the chief financial officer and a board member of Alibaba Group. Tsai is also a non-executive director of Ltd, the publicly listed business-to-business subsidiary of the Group.

Before Alibaba, Joe was vice president and general counsel of Rosecliff Inc, a management buyout firm headquartered in New York. Between 1995-1999, Joe worked in Hong Kong as a senior investment manager.

Tsai received his bachelor’s degree in economics and East Asian studies from Yale University and Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

9.        Zeng Ming

Chief Strategy Officer, Alibaba Group

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Zeng Ming joined the company in August 2006 as executive vice president of strategy. He had also served as acting president of Yahoo’s Chinese unit from November 2006 to December 2007.

Before joining Alibaba, Zeng served as a professor of strategy at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing.

Zeng obtained his bachelor's degree in economics from Fudan University in 1991 and his doctorate in international business and strategy from University of Illinois in 1998.

10.    Deng Kangming

Chief People Officer, Alibaba Group

Senior Vice President and Executive Director,

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Deng Kangming joined Alibaba Group in July 2004 as vice president of human resources.

Deng also serves as the senior vice president of, responsible for the company's human resources and administration functions.

Deng holds a bachelor's degree in law from Fudan University and an international executive master of business administration degree from Rutgers University.  

11.    Jin Jianhang

Senior Vice President, Alibaba Group

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Jin Jianhang has served in a variety of management roles since the establishment of the company.

Before joining Alibaba, Jin had worked for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. Jin started his career as a journalist after receiving his degree at Fudan University in early 1990s.

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