Management Team

Joseph Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Chen is the founder of our company. Mr. Chen has served as the chairman of our board of directors and chief executive officer of our company since our inception. Mr. Chen is a pioneer of China's internet industry. Before founding our company, Mr. Chen was the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of, a first-generation SNS in China and one of China's most visited websites in 1999. He served as senior vice president of after was acquired by Sohu in 2000. Mr. Chen holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.B.A. degree from Stanford University.
James Jian Liu, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director
James Jian Liu has served as our company's executive director since January 2008 and chief operating officer since February 2006. Before joining our company, he was the co-founder and chief executive officer of, one of the earliest social networking service websites in China. He served as product management director at Fortinet in its early years and held a senior product manager role at Siebel Systems. Mr. Liu started his career as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in China. Mr. Liu holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a M.B.A. degree from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Thomas Jintao Ren, Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Jintao Ren has served as chief financial officer for our company since September 30, 2015. Prior to rejoining Renren, Mr. Ren was the chief financial officer at Chukong Technologies. Mr. Ren was previously at Renren between 2005 and 2013, where he served as our senior finance director. Prior to that, Mr. Ren had worked at KPMG for five years. Mr. Ren holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Renmin University of China. He is a certified public accountant in China and the United States, and a chartered professional accountant in Canada.
Henry He Li, Vice President, Product and Engineering
He Li has served as vice president of our company since 2014 and is now in charge of product and engineering. Mr. Li joined our company in 2011 and has since held various positions in research and development. Mr. Li received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Software Science Theory from Peking University.
Rita Yi, Vice President of Human Resources
Rita Yi has served as a vice president for our company in charge of human resources since October 2016. Prior to joining our company, Ms. Yi served as the human resource Sr. director of RealNetworks; was senior HR Manager, in charge of HR business partner management work cover both Greater China Region and Asia South Region; her Human Resource management experience also gained from ING Capital Life Insurance Company, General Electronic, and Northern Telecom. Ms. Yi graduated from Beijing The Second Foreign Language Institute, received a bachelor's degree in Tourism Economy, and received a M.B.A. degree from McMaster University, Canada in 2001.
Chen Ji, Chief Executive Officer of Kaixin Auto
Chen Ji has served as chief executive officer of Kaixin Auto since October 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Ji served as Kaixin Auto’s chief operating officer from September 2014 to September 2018. Before rejoining us, Mr. Ji was a senior director of operations of Baidu from August 2013 to September 2014. Mr. Ji served as a director of operations, purchasing and payment at Renren between May 2009 and August 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Ji worked as a purchasing manager of LG Corporation for six years. Mr. Ji received a bachelor’s degree from Beijing Institute of Architectural Engineering in road bridges and intelligent transportation and a master’s degree in E-commerce from University of Essex.
Jinfeng Xie, Chief Operating Officer of Kaixin Auto
Jinfeng Xie has served as Kaixin Auto’s chief operating officer since December 2018. Previously, Mr, Xie had served as vice president of sales for Kaixin Auto since October 2014. Mr. Xie joined Renren in 2010 and has since held various positions in sales. Prior to joining Renren, Mr. Xie worked as regional manager of Dianping between 2008 and 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Xie worked at Alibaba for two years. Mr. Xie received a bachelor’s degree in transportation from Shijiazhuang Railway Institute.
Michael McGowan, Vice President of Sales, Chime Technologies
Michael McGowan has served as a vice president of sales for Chime Technologies since March 2019. Chime is a subsidiary of Renren Inc. Prior to joining Chime, as Vice President of Sales for CINC, McGowan successfully led a team of inside sales representatives along with enterprise field representatives to an average of 30% sales growth year over year. As a former United States Marine Corps veteran, McGowan also boasts an impressive career in the financial services industry, with extensive experience in SaaS sales.