BEIJING, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SINA Corporation ("SINA" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SINA), a leading online media company serving China and the global Chinese communities, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Mr. James Jianzhang Liang, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. ("Ctrip") (Nasdaq: CTRP), as an independent director of SINA.
Mr. Liang co-founded Ctrip, a leading travel service provider in China. He has been Ctrip's Chairman since August 2003. Mr. Liang served as Ctrip's chief executive officer from 2000 to January 2006, and from March 2013 to November 2016. Under his leadership, Ctrip has successfully transitioned from offline to online and from online to mobile, made strategic investments in key industry players, and cultivated and invested in new business initiatives. Mr. Liang has won many accolades for his contributions to the Chinese travel industry, including Best CEO in the Internet category in the 2016 All-Asia Executive Team Rankings by Institutional Investor and 2015 China's Business Leader of the Year by Forbes. Prior to founding Ctrip, Mr. Liang held a number of technical and managerial positions with Oracle Corporation from 1991 to 1999 in the United States and China, including the head of the ERP consulting division of Oracle China from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Liang received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University and his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also attended an undergraduate program at Fudan University.
"We are excited about James' joining our board as an independent director," said Mr. Charles Chao, Chairman and CEO of SINA. "James has extensive experience with business operations and innovations in China's fast evolving internet industry and strong technology background. We hope to benefit from James' experience and vision in our business evolution."
Mr. James Jianzhang Liang commented, "I am very pleased to join the board of directors of SINA. I look forward to building on the success that the Company has achieved and to working with the board and management toward the next stage of development and growth."
We are an online media company serving China and the global Chinese communities. Our digital media network of SINA.com (portal), SINA.cn (mobile portal), SINA Mobile Apps and Weibo.com (social media) enable Internet users to access professional media and user generated content in multi-media formats from the web and mobile devices and share their interests to friends and acquaintances.
SINA.com offers distinct and targeted professional content on each of its region-specific websites and a full range of complementary offerings. SINA.cn and SINA Mobile Apps provide news information, professional and entertainment content from SINA.com customized for mobile users in WAP (mobile browser) and mobile application format. Weibo is a leading social media platform for people to create, distribute and discover Chinese-language content. Based on an open platform architecture, Weibo allows users to create and post feeds and attach multi-media content, as well as access a wide range of organically and third-party developed applications, such as online games.
Through these properties and other product lines, we offer an array of online media and social media services to our users to create a rich canvas for businesses and advertisers to effectively connect and engage with their targeted audiences.
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