Board of Directors
Lin Zhang, our Chairman, is the president of Wanda Culture, chairman of Wanda Film Holding Co., Ltd., and chairman of WSC. Mr. Zhang joined Dalian Wanda GCL in March 2000 and previously held multiple positions within the group, including vice president of Dalian Wanda GCL, finance director of Dalian Wanda GCL, and general manager of project companies located in Nanjing, Shenyang and Chengdu. Mr. Zhang served as a non-executive director of Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co., Ltd. from December 2009 to January 29, 2016. Mr. Zhang has also been, a director of Dalian Wanda GCL since February 2011, the chairman of World Triathlon Corporation since November 2015 and the chairman of Infront since July 2015. Mr. Zhang has served as the executive president of Wanda Culture since December 2012 and as president of Wanda Culture since December 2013. Mr. Zhang was also the chairman of AMC Entertainment, Inc. from August 2012 to March 12, 2018. Mr. Zhang also serves as the chairman of Wanda Film Holding Co., Ltd. since November 2006 and, has been a non-executive director of Wanda Hotel Development Co., Ltd. since November 2017. Mr. Zhang received a bachelor degree in Accounting from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and an executive master in business administration from Peking University. Mr. Zhang is a non-practicing member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the China Certified Tax Agents Association.
Philippe Blatter is our Vice Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of Infront. Mr. Blatter has two decades of experience in sports business. Prior to joining Infront as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2005, Mr. Blatter spent 11 years at McKinsey & Company. He left McKinsey in 2005 as Partner. During his tenure at McKinsey he founded the firm's Sports Practice. In 2017, Mr. Blatter was included in ESPN FC's "Football 50 most influential people." In 2012, Mr. Blatter was credited by SPONSORs—Germany's leading sports business magazine—as one of the Top 10 "Most Influential People in International Sport"; in 2008 he was ranked as one of the Top 100 "Most Powerful People in Sport" by the international sports industry outlet SportsPro Magazine. Mr. Blatter also served as a board member of the non-profit organization Right To Play Switzerland for several years. Mr. Blatter holds a master of science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and a master of business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Mr. Gao is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wanda Sports China, and has over two decades of experience in project management and executing strategic growth.
Mr. Gao joined Dalian Wanda GCL in December 2010 and has held multiple senior positions within Wanda Group’s culture and real estate subsidiaries, including CEO of Wanda KIDSPLACE, Chief Assistant to the President of Wanda Group and the Head of Xi'an Wanda City Preparation Team. Mr. Gao previously served as a senior assistant to the President of Wanda Group and general manager of Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis Investment Co., Ltd from September 2013 to November 2018.
Between December 2010 and September 2013, Mr. Gao worked as the General Manager of Xiangfan Project Company, Jinan Project Company, Kunming Project Company, Dalian Jinshi International Resort and Qingdao Project Company of Wanda Real Estate Group. Prior to joining Wanda Group, Mr. Gao held the roles of engineer, manager and general manager of many real estate companies, such as Beijing Shangjing Investment and Beijing Maoyuan Real State. Mr. Gao received a bachelor degree in industrial and civil architecture from the Hebei University of Architecture.
Edwin Fung serves as our independent director and has been in this position since 2019. Mr. Fung is a professional accountant and a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Fung joined KPMG in Hong Kong in 1986 and became partner in 1999. Mr. Fung has over 30 years of professional experience including financial auditing, Hong Kong and U.S. initial public offerings and subsequent acquisitions and financing, risk management, internal control compliance, corporate restructuring and financing. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Fung, founding chairman of KPMG's Global China Practice, established a local China practice in 40 countries around the world to assist Chinese companies to invest overseas. In 2012, Mr. Fung became the Senior Partner of KPMG Northern China region and Senior Partner of Beijing office. In 2015, Mr. Fung established KPMG's innovative Start-up Centre in ZhongGuanCun, Beijing to provide professional services to start-up companies. In September 2017, Mr. Fung retired from KPMG. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Fung was Vice Chairman and member of the management committee of KPMG China. Mr. Fung currently acts as the advisor to the Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation.
Kenneth Jarrett is an Independent Director on Wanda Sports Group’s Audit, Compensation and Nomination and Corporate Governance Committees.
Mr. Jarrett, who has lived in China for over 20 years, is a Senior Advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group, based in the firm’s Shanghai office. Prior to assuming this role, he spent five years as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the largest American business chamber in the Asia-Pacific region. From 2008 to 2013, he was Chairman of Greater China for APCO Worldwide, a public affairs consultancy.
Before entering the private sector, Mr. Jarrett had an extraordinary 26-year career in public service with the U.S. Government, during which he served as Consul General in Shanghai, Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong and Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council. Earlier in his career, he had postings in Beijing, Chengdu and Singapore.
Mr. Jarrett is a member of the China Advisory Council for Cornell University and the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations. He has also served on Advisory Councils for the Mayor of Nanjing, the Mayor of Wuxi and the Suzhou Industrial Park and is a recipient of the Magnolia Award (Silver) from the government in Shanghai. Mr. Jarrett is a graduate of Cornell University and holds an MA from Yale University and the National War College.