Zhengdong Zhu is co-founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of our company and is responsible for the company’s overall management operations and strategic direction. Mr. Zhu is widely heralded as a pioneer and leader of online education in China.. In 2000, Mr. Zhu co-founded China Distance Education, and spearheaded the development of the company’s innovative business model, which focuses on delivering best-of-breed lifelong online professional education content and services utilizing leading lecturers, comprehensive learning pedagogies, innovative learning technologies and creative marketing strategies, among others. With a keen dedication to providing high quality education and superior student learning outcomes, he transformed www.chinaacc.com into one of China’s most influential online education brands, and led the company’s public offering on the NYSE in 2008. Prior to co-founding our company, Mr. Zhu worked at Beijing Huake Hi-Tech Co., Ltd., a communications products and computer facilities company, as an engineer, manager of the network department and vice general manager in charge of marketing and sales from 1995 to 1998. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Zhu worked as an engineer in the area of electronic communications technology at the research department of North China Institute of Electro-Optics Technology. Graduating from the Radio Engineering Department at Southeast University, China with a bachelor's degree in radio engineering in 1989, Mr. Zhu received an EMBA degree from Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in 2011.
Mark Marostica is our co-chief financial officer and is responsible for leading corporate development initiatives for our company, as well as strategic planning activities and investor relations. Mr. Marostica joined our company as vice president of corporate development and strategy in January 2015. He has over 15-year experience in the capital markets, with a focus on Asian education and Internet companies. Before joining the company, he was a managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray & Company from 1998 to 2014, and served as managing director and head of Asia equity research from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that he was a consulting manager at Deloitte & Touche from 1994 to 1998. Earlier in his career Mark served as an information technology manager at Fortis, and as an analyst at Electronic Data Systems. Mark holds a master degree in Business Administration from University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University in Canada.
Chan Wing Hong, is our co-chief financial officer. Mr. Chan joined our Company in 2005 and is responsible for overall financial and accounting matters. Mr. Chan has over 19 years of accounting and auditing experience. He received a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Western Sydney in 2002 and is a Certified Public Accountant of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.