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Board of Directors

Jinnan (Marco) Lai
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Jinnan (Marco) Lai is our founder, Chief Executive Officer and director. Mr. Lai has served as a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Lizhi BVI since 2010 and as our director and Chief Executive Officer since January 2019. Before founding Sound Group Inc. (formerly known as LIZHI INC.), Mr. Lai was a successful serial entrepreneur in China’s internet industry. He worked as the Chief Executive Officer for Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited from 2007 to 2010, and also founded Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology Co., Ltd. and served as its president from 2003 to 2007. Before starting his business career, Mr. Lai was a radio host.

Juan Ren
Vice President and Director

Ms. Juan Ren is our Vice President and director. Ms. Ren has served as our Vice President and director since January 2020. Ms. Ren has been the Vice President of Guangzhou Lizhi since 2011. Previously, Ms. Ren served as a financial manager for a branch of Shenzhen B&K New Energy Co., Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Ren received her bachelor’s degree from Hubei Polytechnic University and EMBA degree from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.

Yipeng Li
Independent Director

Mr. Yipeng Li served as our independent director since January 2020. Mr. Li has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Cloopen Group Holding Limited since May 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Li served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) from September 2017 to April 2020. Mr. Li served as the Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (HKEX: 241), a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, from September 2015 to September 2017. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer at, a leading online platform for alcohol offerings from March 2015 to August 2015. From June 2010 to February 2015, Mr. Li served as the Vice President of iQIYI, Inc. (Nasdaq: IQ), in charge of its financial and legal department. Mr. Li received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Simon Fraser University in 2002. Mr. Li is a member of the Chinese Institution of Certified Public Accountants.

Ming Zhang
Independent Director

Mr. Ming Zhang has served as our independent director since July 2020. Mr. Zhang has nearly 20 years of experience in the internet technology industry. He founded Great Wall Club Inc. in 2008 and has been serving as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is also a prominent cross-border angel investor and the founder of GASA (Global Academy of Science and Arts).

Xiang Wang
Independent Director

Mr. Xiang Wang has served as our independent director since July 2020. Mr. Wang is a senior consultant for Xiaomi Corporation, holding that position since December 30, 2022. Prior to that, he served as Xiaomi Corporation’s President from November 2019 and as Partner and President from August 2020 to December 2022. Before then, he also served as Xiaomi Corporation’s Senior Vice President from 2015 to 2019. Mr. Wang has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor and communications industry. Before joining Xiaomi Corporation, he was the Senior Vice President and President of Qualcomm Greater China. Mr. Wang graduated from the Beijing University of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering.

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