HANGZHOU, China, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BEST Inc. (NYSE: BEST) (“BEST” or the “Company”), a leading integrated smart supply chain solutions and logistics services provider in China, today announced that Mr. Mark Qiu has resigned from his position as a director of the Company due to personal reasons, effective May 6, 2022.
Mr. Qiu served as the chairman of the audit committee, and also served as the chairman of the compensation committee, of the Company’s board of directors.
“On behalf of the Company and the Board, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Mr. Mark Qiu for his contributions and service since joining the Company as a director in 2011,” commented Mr. Shao-Ning Johnny Chou, Chairman and CEO of BEST. “We are grateful that Mr. Qiu will remain as one of the Company’s strategic advisors and we wish him the best of success in his future endeavors.”
The Company today also announced that the Company has appointed Mr. Ying Wu and Mr. Klaus Anker Petersen as independent directors of the Company. Each of Mr. Wu and Mr. Petersen satisfies the requirements for an “independent director” within the meaning of Section 303A of the Corporate Governance Rules of the NYSE, and meets the criteria for independence set forth in Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act. As of today, the Company has three independent directors. The Company today also announced that Mr. Wu will serve as the chairman of the audit committee, and will also serve as the chairman of the compensation committee, of the Company’s board of directors.
Mr. Wu is a highly regarded technology innovator, successful entrepreneur and distinguished investor with over thirty-five years of strong track record for delivering values to investors. Mr. Wu currently serves as a global board member of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and a board member of TNC China. Ying also serves as a founding board member of the Future Forum in China. Mr. Wu manages six venture capital / private equity funds with around US$2 billion in assets under management. He has been the president of China Capital Management Limited since October 2008. Mr. Wu is currently the chairman of ZJBC Information Technology Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 000889), an independent non-executive director of JD Health International Inc. (HKSE: 6618), an independent non-executive director of Zall Smart Commerce Group Ltd. (HKSE: 2098), and chairman of the board of supervisors of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation Ltd. (SZSE: 300027). Mr. Wu was an independent non-executive director of Zhong An Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd, (HKSE: 6060), a director of HyUnion Holdings Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 002537), an independent director of TCL Corporation Ltd. (SZSE: 000100), a director of Joyoung Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 002242), and an independent director of Guangzhou TechLong Packaging Machinery Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 002209). Mr. Wu was also the co-founder of UTStarcom (NASDAQ: UTSI), a global telecommunication infrastructure business and served as Chairman and CEO of UTStarcom China for twelve years. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in science and a doctor’s degree (honoris causa) from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Mr. Petersen is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, investor and successful financial management executive with over 20 years of experience in retailing, e-commerce logistics and financial industry. He is currently the chairman and owner of Lane House Limited, a multi-brand specialty retailer that supports Western and Chinese companies develop retail presence in China. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Green Planet Foods, an innovator of plant-based food and beverage products, as well as a co-founder and investor in Brandhouse Group, a cross-border e-commerce parcel delivery business that focuses on Scandinavian markets. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Petersen was a managing director of Sunshine Insurance Group, an insurance, healthcare and asset management services provider. From 2004 to 2014 he held various roles as associate, vice president and executive director at Morgan Stanley in London and Beijing. From 1998 to 2003, he worked as an associate and engagement manager with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Petersen earned a master’s degree in science in engineering and applied mathematics from the Technical University of Denmark, and an MBA from INSEAD in 2003.
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ABOUT BEST INC.
BEST Inc. (NYSE: BEST) is a leading integrated smart supply chain solutions and logistics services provider in China. Through its proprietary technology platform and extensive networks, BEST offers a comprehensive set of logistics and value-added services, including freight delivery, supply chain management, and global logistics services. BEST’s mission is to empower business and enrich life by leveraging technology and business model innovation to create a smarter, more efficient supply chain. For more information, please visit: http://www.best-inc.com/en/.
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