East Stone Acquisition Corp
Mr. Xiaoma (Sherman) Lu has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception and one of our directors as of the date of this prospectus. Mr. Lu is a founding partner and has been a managing director of East Stone Capital Limited, a private equity firm focusing on emerging industries, since October 2017. From January 2017 to November 2017, Mr. Lu served as the executive vice president of Kangde Investment Group, a Chinese company engaging in new energy and financial services and capital investment. Prior to that, Mr. Lu served as the chief executive officer of Wanda Investment Company and vice president of Wanda Financial Group, the investment and financial arms of Wanda Group, a China multinational conglomerate in the real estate, hospitality, retailing, entertainment and heath care, responsible for business expansion, capital investment, and cross board merger and acquisition in commercial real estate and entertainment business from May 2015 to December 2016. Mr. Lu served as the executive vice president of China Shenzhen Stock Exchange, one of the two primary stock exchanges in China, overseeing public company governance and securities offering from November 2012 to May 2015. Prior to Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Mr. Lu was a full-time non-executive board director at China Construction Bank from August 2010 to November 2012. Mr. Lu has also served in various positions and in different functions at State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) from May 2005 to August 2010, a financial services and bank holding company headquartered in Boston with operations worldwide. Currently, Mr. Lu serves as independent director on the boards of Yango Group Co., Ltd. (000671.SZ), a China-based company principally engaged in the development and sale of real estate, Sailing Henan Investment, a private investment company, and BOC International (China) Co, Ltd., a private company providing securities brokerage and investment services in China. Mr. Lu received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in thermal engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and an MBA degree from Boston College. Mr. Lu is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive experience in finance and investment management across various industries.
Mr. Chunyi (Charlie) Hao has served as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer since our inception. Mr. Hao is a founding partner and has been a managing director of East Stone Capital Limited, a private equity firm focusing on emerging industries, since October 2017. He served as chief executive officer and president of Shandong Haizhishe Energy Engineering Co., Ltd., a solar and wind engineering company in China, and was in charge of the daily operations and business development of the company from December 2015 to March 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Hao was an investment officer of Shanghai Guxin Investment Limited, a firm engaging in the investment of solar farms across China, from 2014 to June 2015.He served as chief financial officer at Delphi Automotive Corp (Saginaw Steering System) (“Delphi”) of General Motors Inc., overseeing joint venture operation across China and Asia Pacific from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Hao is an independent director of Cogobuy Group PLC (HKSE: 0400.HK), an e-commerce platform and distributor for electronic goods in China. He served as chief executive officer and director at China Fundamental Acquisition Corporation and a board director and president of China operations at Asia Automotive Acquisition Corporation, two SPACs in 2008 and 2005, respectively. Mr. Hao received his Bachelor’s degree in French from Beijing Language and Culture University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA degree from Pace University. Mr. Hao is well qualified to serve as our Chairman due to his extensive experience with SPACs, as well as his expertise in management, finance and capital investments.
Mr. Sanjay Prasad has been serving as one of our directors as of the date of this prospectus. He has been the founder, chief executive officer and president of Global Business Dimensions Inc., a manufacturer, seller and distributor of PC components, semiconductor and consumer electronic products, since June 1994. Mr. Prasad also founded Cinemagic Entertainment, a home cinema and audio video installation company, in June 2006 and Buyonlineled.com, a seller of LED lighting products, in April 2017. Mr. Prasad is a member of the New Jersey District Export Council. Mr. Prasad has helped numerous companies export their products overseas providing guidance on financing, export license controls and help in marketing to Asia, Europe and Middle East. Mr. Prasad received his Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from BIT India, Master’s degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA degree from Adelphi University. Mr. Prasad is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive experience in entrepreneurship and management across various countries.
Mr. Michael S. Cashel has been serving as one of our directors as of the date of this prospectus. He has been the Chief Operating Officer of Open Door Securities LLC since September 2019. Prior to that, he was a business consultant for State Street from September 2018 to September 2019, and Senior Vice President of Fidelity Trading Ventures from 2012 to 2017, where he led the development of various trading technologies and analytics. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Equities with Fidelity’s Capital Market Services from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Cashel has previously served in managerial positions at Bear Steans, Harborside Securities, ABN AMRO and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Cashel earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Lawrence University and is actively licensed in Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 55, 63 and 99. Mr. Cashel is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive experience in finance and investment.
Mr. William Zielke has been serving as one of our directors as of the date of this prospectus. He has been the Managing Partner of Automotive Advisory Partners LLC (“AAP”) since 2006, providing consulting services to companies in North American, Europe, China and Southeast Asia. Since November 2015, Zielke has been a member of the Board of Directors of DEEC Inc., a company focused on development of innovative high technology automotive products such as hydrogen injection into the combustion chamber of internal combustion engines and advanced Thermal Management Systems. From May 2010 to April 2013, Mr Zielke served initially as Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Audit Committee, and later on served as Chief Executive Officer of Tongxin International Ltd. (“Tongxin”). Prior to formation of AAP, Zielke was employed by General Motors (Delphi after the spinoff from GM). Zielke was assigned to included Diesel Equipment, Rochester Products, AC Rochester, GM Europe (GM Luxembourg), AC Delco Systems, Delphi Energy and Engine Management Systems, Delphi Energy and Chassis Systems, and ACG Holdings. Functions performed by Zielke included Sales (OEM and Aftermarket), Marketing (OEM and Aftermarket), Business Development (Mergers and Acquisitions), Intellectual Property Management, and Manufacturing. Zielke received a BBA degree from the University Of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Additional Executive education was completed at Northwestern University (Vevey, Switzerland), INSEAD (Fontainebleau France), Duke, Thunderbird, and University of Michigan. Mr. Zielke is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive experience in operations and management.