Board of Directors
Douglas L. Brown
Douglas L. Brown has been an independent non-executive director on our board since 2007. Mr. Brown is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of DLB Capital, which is a private equity firm with a focus on development and startup companies in the financial services industry in the United States and China. He has held his positions at DLB Capital since 2006. Prior to DLB Capital, Mr. Brown held the position of vice chairman—investment banking at Morgan Stanley where, among other responsibilities, he advised on initial public offerings and the privatization of Chinese state-owned financial institutions. Mr. Brown currently serves as a director of Shanghai Harvest Network, China, a position he has held since 2006. Mr. Brown was also the nonexecutive chairman of HighTower Advisors, LLC from its founding in 2007 to 2011, and was its first institutional investor through DLB Capital. He continues to serve as an advisor to HighTower Advisors, LLC. Mr. Brown also serves as a director of Transamerica Corporation, a position he has held since 2008. Mr. Brown received his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College.
Andrew Mason has been an independent non-executive director on our board since 2005. Mr. Mason co-founded Jade Capital Management LLC, a private investment fund focusing on venture and growth capital in China’s financial services sector, in 2007, and currently holds the position of managing partner at Jade Capital. Prior to Jade Capital, Mr. Mason founded the Technology Sector Group in Asia Pacific for UBS Warburg, formerly Dillon, Read & Co., where he worked from 1994 to 2012 in New York, London and Hong Kong. In addition, Mr. Mason was instrumental in the founding of Sohu.com, one of the first Chinese companies to list on NASDAQ. Prior to UBS Warburg, Mr. Mason served as an intelligence officer during Operation Desert Storm for the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72). Mr. Mason currently serves on the advisory board of the U.S. Navy League, New York, a position he has held since2014, and has been a member of the President of Brown University’s China Council since 2010. Mr. Mason received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degree in History from Brown University.
Christopher Thorne has served as an independent nonexecutive director on our board since 2008. Prior to that, he served as our advisor since 2007. Mr. Thorne is the founder and executive chairman of Broadline Capital, a global private equity firm and early pioneer in China’s private equity industry. Broadline Capital primarily focuses on growth capital and impact investments in Asia and North America. Mr. Thorne has held his positions at Broadline Capital since 2005. Previously, Mr. Thorne worked at McKinsey &Company from 1995 to 2000, where he served as a senior management consultant. Mr. Thorne subsequently became a technology entrepreneur and held the position of chairman and chief executive officer of Maverick Xchange Inc., a technology company which he founded in 2000, and served as president of EFS Network Inc., where he initiated a consolidation of technology companies and the resulting company, iTradeNetwork Inc., sold to Roper Industries. Mr. Thorne serves on the board of directors of Powermers Inc. and EndoSphere Inc., and he volunteers as a trustee for Creative Commons, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on enabling educational access, collaborative research and knowledge-sharing at a global level. Mr. Thorne received his JD from Harvard Law School, his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Harvard University, where he served as president of the university-wide student government and founded the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.
Russell Krauss is an independent nonexecutive director on our board since October 2016. Mr. Krauss serves as a Senior Vice President, Accounts and Business Operations for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services. He is responsible for enterprise-wide operations, acts as chief client officer and oversees top accounts for the $19 billion business. Previously, he was vice president and managing director for several of EDS’ (and then HP’s) largest businesses where he drove significant value for both clients and shareholders through major transformation initiatives. Prior to that, Mr. Krauss was vice president and CIO for the New York Power Authority, the largest nonfederal utility in the U.S. He led the Y2K transition of one of the nation’s “Top 10 Critical Infrastructure” entities and was the executive responsible for a $1.4 billion divestiture of the Nuclear Generation business—the largest transaction of its kind in U.S. history. Krauss has served as business leader and division CIO in Westinghouse Electric Corporation and United Technologies Corporation. He received his MBA from the University of New Haven and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from State University, New York.
Joe Zhang has served as an independent nonexecutive director on our board since January 2016. Prior to that, he served as our advisor since 2012. Mr. Zhang is currently the chairman of China Smartpay, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since December 2012. Mr. Zhang is the author of Inside China’s Shadow Banking, which was published in 2013. Between 2006 to 2008, Mr. Zhang served as the chief operating officer of Shenzhen Investment Limited. Mr. Zhang worked for various investment banks for 15 years, including 11 years with UBS. Mr. Zhang was a manager at the PBOC in 1986-89. Mr. Zhang is on the board of directors of 6 other companies, including Fosun International Limited, Boer Power Holdings Ltd, Luye Pharma Group Ltd., Logan Property Holdings Co. Ltd., China Huirong Financial Holdings Ltd., Zhong An Real Estate Limited. Mr. Zhang received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hubei Institute of Economics and Finance, a master’s degree in Economics from the PBOC Finance Institute and a master’s degree in Economics from the Australian National University.
Ji’an Zhou has served as an independent non-executive director on our board since October 2017. Mr. Zhou is the Executive Director and General Manager of China United SME Guarantee Corporation (“Sino Guarantee”). Prior to that, Mr. Zhou served as a senior executive for China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation, the official export credit agency in China, and for China Life Insurance Co., Ltd. Mr. Zhou is a Senior Scholar of the Eisenhower Fellowships, the international nonprofit leadership organization, and holds a master's degree in Economics from Renmin University of China. Sino Guarantee, a Chinese financial services company that provides financial guarantees for loans and bonds, was founded by JP Morgan Chase, Siemens China and other leading Chinese institutions. Sino Guarantee is currently an indirect shareholder of China Rapid Finance and collaborates with the Company on obtaining institutional lending capital for its online consumer lending marketplace.