BEIJING, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — China Online Education Group (“51Talk,” or the “Company”) (NYSE: COE), a leading online education platform in China with core expertise in English education, announced today that its board of directors (the “Board”) has appointed Mr. Shengwen (Roy) Rong as an independent director, effective May 11, 2021. Mr. Rong will also serve as a member and chairman of the audit committee of the Board, a member of the compensation committee of the Board, and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the Board. Also effective May 11, 2021, Mr. Conor Chia-hung Yang resigned as a director of the Company for personal reasons and stepped down as a member and chairman of the audit committee of the Board, a member of the compensation committee of the Board, and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the Board. The resignation of Mr. Yang did not result from any dispute or disagreement with the Company or the Board on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.
Mr. Shengwen (Roy) Rong currently serves as an independent director of BlueCity Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: BLCT), Qudian Inc. (NYSE: QD), X Financial (NYSE: XYF) and MOGU Inc. (NYSE: MOGU). From February 2017 to September 2018, Mr. Rong served as the senior vice president and chief financial officer at Yixia Technology Co., Ltd, a leading live video broadcast and short-video platform in China. Prior to that, he served as the chief financial officer at Quixey, Inc. from 2015 to 2016, the chief financial officer at UCWeb from 2012 to 2014, and the chief financial officer at Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd, an NYSE-listed company, from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Rong received his bachelor’s degree in international finance from Renmin University in 1991, master’s degree in accounting from West Virginia University in 1996, and MBA degree from University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2000. Mr. Rong is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.
Mr. Jack Jiajia Huang, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 51Talk, stated, “We thank Mr. Conor Chia-hung Yang for his service to us as our board member and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. At the same time, we warmly welcome Mr. Shengwen (Roy) Rong, and look forward to working with him to build on the success we have already achieved.”
About China Online Education Group
China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company’s mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company’s online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students.
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