BEIJING, Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM) ("Autohome" or the "Company"), the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China, today announced the appointment of Mr. Junling Liu as an independent director and a member of the audit committee of the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board"), effective immediately.
Mr. Junling Liu is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Yihaodian, a leading online grocery retailer in China. Before establishing Yihaodian in 2008, Mr. Liu was the co-president of Dell China and Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was a managing director of Avaya China. Mr. Liu received his Master of International Business Administration from Flinders University in Australia.
The Company further announced that Mr. Ya-Qin Zhang has resigned as an independent director and a member of both the audit committee and compensation committee of the Board due to personal commitments, effective immediately.
Mr. Tim Chen, Chairman of Autohome's Board of Directors, stated, "We are delighted to welcome Mr. Liu to join the Board. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, which we trust will be invaluable to the Company's operations. We look forward to working with him going forward."
"We would also like to thank Mr. Zhang for his valuable contributions during his term with the Company. On behalf of the Board, we wish him the best in his future pursuits and endeavors."
About Autohome Inc.
Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM) is the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China. Through its two websites, autohome.com.cn and che168.com, the Company provides comprehensive, independent and interactive content to automobile buyers and owners. Autohome.com.cn ranked first among China's automotive websites and automotive channels of internet portals in terms of average daily unique visitors, average daily time spent per user and average daily page views in 2013, according to iResearch, a third-party research firm. The Company's ability to reach a large and engaged user base of automobile consumers has made Autohome the preferred platform for automakers and dealers to conduct their advertising campaigns. Automakers typically utilize its online advertising services for brand promotion, new model releases and sales promotions. Its dealer subscription services allow dealers to market their inventory and services through Autohome's websites, extending the reach of their physical showrooms to potentially millions of internet users in China. For further information, please visit www.autohome.com.cn.
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