Chief Executive Officer
William Lei Ding, our founder, has served as a director since July 1999 and as our Chief Executive Officer since November 2005. From March 2001 until November 2005, Mr. Ding served as our Chief Architect, and, from June 2001 until September 2001, he served as our Acting Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Ding stepped down as Chairman of the board of directors in September 2001 (we currently have no permanently appointed Chairman). From July 1999 until March 2001, Mr. Ding served as Co-Chief Technology Officer, and from July 1999 until April 2000, he also served as our interim Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ding established Guangzhou NetEase and Shanghai EaseNet, our affiliates, in May 1997 and January 2008. Mr. Ding holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Technology from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
Acting Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Choi has served as the acting chief financial officer of NetEase since July 2007. Mr. Choi has served as the financial controller and corporate finance director of NetEase for the periods from January 2005 to June 2007 and from November 2003 to December 2004, respectively. Prior to that, Mr. Choi worked at Ernst & Young Beijing, including as a senior manager of the assurance and advisory business services department. Mr. Choi also worked at KPMG (assurance) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (finance and accounting).
Mr. Choi is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a member of the CPA Australia, a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a registered practising Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong. Mr. Choi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accountancy with honors from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.