Board of Directors

  • William Ding
    Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer
    William Lei Ding, our founder, has served as our 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. 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 June 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. 
  • Alice Cheng
    Independent Director
    Alice Yu-Fen Cheng, also known as Alice Cheng, has served as our director since June 2007. From 2005 to 2021, Ms. Cheng served as the chief financial officer of BBK Electronics Corp., Ltd., a PRC-based manufacturer of audio-visual equipment. From 2010 to 2013, Ms. Cheng served as a supervisor of Wistron Information Technology Corporation in Taiwan, an information technology company with operations in Taiwan, China and Japan. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Cheng served as financial controller of Wistron Corporation, a Taiwanese original design manufacturer of notebook computers and other electronics. Prior to that, Ms. Cheng held various positions with Acer Inc., a Taiwanese computer manufacturer, culminating in the position of financial controller. Ms. Cheng received a Bachelor of Accounting from the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan in 1983 and a Masters of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona in 2003; Ms. Cheng is also licensed as a certified public accountant in Taiwan and the PRC.
  • Grace Hui Tang
    Independent Director
    Grace Hui Tang, also known as Grace Tang, has served as our director since July 1, 2022. Ms. Tang served as an audit partner and/or manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international accounting firm, from January 1990 to June 2020, including approximately 19 years as an audit partner in Hong Kong and Chinese mainland. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ms. Tang was responsible for the audits of numerous public and private companies in Hong Kong, Chinese mainland and other jurisdictions. Since January 2009, Ms. Tang has also been a professor at the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University where she teaches courses on accounting and auditing for the graduate school of the accounting department and on career development. In addition, Ms. Tang serves as an independent director of Textainer Group Holdings Ltd. (stock code: TGH) listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Brii Biosciences Ltd. (stock code: 2137) listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Elkem ASA (stock code: ELK) listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Ms. Tang received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Utah State University. She is a licensee of California Board of Accountancy, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Joseph Tong
    Independent Director
    Joseph Tze Kay Tong, also known as Joseph Tong, has served as our director since March 2003. From January 2003 to November 2021, Mr. Tong was a director of Parworld Investment Management Limited, which provides financial and investment advisory services. From December 2002 until April 2004, Mr. Tong was engaged in establishing offices and operations in Hong Kong and China, setting up accounting and internal control policies and overseeing the overall operations for TLM Apparel Co., Ltd., a garment trading company operating in Hong Kong and China which he co-founded. Prior to that, from September 2000 to September 2002, Mr. Tong was the e-commerce director of the Asia Region for Universal Music Limited where he was responsible for forming e-business development strategies and overseeing new promotional opportunities. Mr. Tong received a Bachelor of Social Science degree with honors in Accounting and Statistics from the University of Southampton, England. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, an associate member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Michael Leung
    Independent Director
    Michael Man Kit Leung, also known as Michael Leung, has served as our director since July 2002. Mr. Leung was a responsible officer of Grand Moore Capital Limited from September 2019 to November 2021. Mr. Leung was appointed executive director of Unitas Holdings Limited (stock code: 8020) from September 2011 to November 2018, and served as a responsible officer from May 2011 to November 2018 of Chanceton Capital Partners Limited, a subsidiary of Unitas Holdings Limited. Previously, Mr. Leung was a director of Emerging Markets Partnership (Hong Kong) Limited, the principal adviser to the AIG Infrastructure Fund L.P., in 1999. Mr. Leung also held senior positions in the Hong Kong Branch of the Swiss Bank Corporation, SG Securities (HK) Limited (formerly known as Crosby Securities (Hong Kong) Limited) and Peregrine Capital Limited. Mr. Leung currently is an independent non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee for Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment (Holdings) Limited (stock code: 1132) and Luye Pharma Group Ltd. (stock code: 2186), all of which are companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Leung also serves as an independent non-executive director on the board of China Ting Group Holdings Limited (stock code: 3398), a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Leung was previously an independent non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of China Electronics Optics Valley Union Holding Company Limited (stock code: 0798) from March 2014 to May 2020 and China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited (stock code: 1886) from 2012 to 2019, both of which are companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Leung received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong in October 1977 with a major in Accounting, Management and Statistics.