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.
Yi Yang, Acting Chief Financial Officer
Yi Yang has served as our company’s acting chief financial officer since June 2020. Ms.Yang joined Renren’s subsidiary Kaixin Auto in August 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Kaixin, Ms. Yang served as strategic investment director for Jomoo, a leading manufacturer and supplier of home products, such as kitchen and bathroom units, in China. Prior to that, she was chief financial officer at Wellong Etown, an internet-based logistics company. Ms. Yang has also worked at the Bank of New York Mellon as vice president and controller, where she formulated strategic financial plans, participated in asset restructurings, and worked on numerous large domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Ms. Yang received a master’s degree in Computer Science from Saint Joseph’s University in the U.S. She is a certified public accountant, and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
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.
Mingjun Lin, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mingjun Lin has substantial experience in automotive internet media. He is the founder of Haitaoche, a China-based e-commerce platform for imported automobiles. Prior to founding Haitaoche in 2015, Mr. Lin held senior management positions with TOM Online and Tencent, and he was the founder of, a vertical online media that focused on SUV customer communities.
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.
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.