SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EHANG, a leading intelligent unmanned aerial vehicle company, today announced that George Yan, Microsoft China's former Vice President and General Manager of Marketing and Operations, has joined EHANG as its Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Co-founder. George will be responsible for the operation and management of EHANG worldwide.
George has a long career in leading teams to develop groundbreaking new technology. George joined Microsoft in 2000 and served as lead project manager, group program manager and product unit manager for the Windows, Windows Server and Bing teams. In 2008, George and his team worked alongside Sugon and the Shanghai Supercomputer Center to successfully develop the Sugon 5000A. Today, the Sugon 5000A is one of the top 10 most powerful supercomputers in the world and has helped China to become the second country to develop tera-flop supercomputers, following the United States. Since 2011, George has served as Head of the Cloud & Enterprise business in Microsoft China and was responsible for building a new operating and development strategy for Microsoft Azure in China. His leadership also helped Microsoft to become the first global public cloud provider to have comprehensive cloud operations in China and oversaw cloud business bring in $100 million in income during its first year. In 2014, George served as Microsoft's Vice President and General Manager of Marketing and Operations (M&O) in Greater China, and was in charge of establishing and executing products and marketing strategy and business operations in the region.
George made the decision to join EHANG due to its roots in tech innovation, its groundbreaking products, and the outstanding team and staff. "It is a new milestone in my career to join EHANG a Chinese company committed to ushering in the next wave of revolutionary technology," George said, "I will lead EHANG into the next accelerated development stage, and strive to make EHANG a well-known and trusted brand around the world."
With George in his new position, EHANG is positioned to expand its operations worldwide in terms of sales, partners, and post-sale services. EHANG has already formed an international "all-star" executive team: Huazhi Hu serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Shang-Wen Hsiao, the former President and Chief Financial Officer of 21Vianet Group, serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO); George Yan, the former Vice President and Marketing & Operating General Manager of Microsoft in Greater China, serves as the Chief Operations Officer (COO); Wei Qi, the former Vice President of Lenovo Group, serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO); Derrick Xiong, ranked on Forbes China 30 under 30 list in 2015, serves as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).
Huazhi Hu, the founder and CEO of EHANG, noted that the company has been able to attract so many investors and prominent hires because "EHANG's philosophy is to make the impossible possible with innovative products. We've been hard at work and are looking forward to launching a never seen before product at CES 2016 that will show the world our capabilities and how we can accelerate the future."
EHANG, Inc. is a technology innovation company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and sales of intelligent unmanned aerial vehicles. EHANG's user-friendly Ghost Drone with intuitive app-control, AVATAR tilt mode and immersive aerial-filming experience with VR goggles bring the joy of flying to the masses. To learn more, please visit www.ehang.com.