Tantech is governed by a distinguished management team.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Zhengyu Wang is a seasoned veteran in business and high-tech agricultural products. He founded Bamboo Tech in October 2002 (then known as Lishui Zhonglin High Tech Co., Ltd.) and he has served as Chairman and CEO ever since. From November 1998 until April 2003, he was General Manager of Lishui Forasen Foodstuff Co., Ltd. Prior to that, from 1994 to 1997, he served as General Manager of Lishui Jingning Huali, Co., Ltd. From 1990 to 1994, he served as a board member of the Lishui Farmer’s Economic Committee. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China in June 1990. He earned an Executive MBA from Shanghai’s Fudan University, one of China’s top business schools, in July 2006. He has been appointed as a director because, as our founder, he has significant experience in leading and advising our Company and understands our industry.
Dr. Zaihua Chen
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Zaihua Chen is an academic in the field of general science, physics and chemistry, and has spent almost two decades in Japan. He joined Bamboo Tech in August 2008 where he has served as Technology Director and CTO. From 2006 to 2008, he served as Technology Director at Japan KANAC Co., Ltd, also in Takamatsu, Japan. From April 2001 to March 2006, he served as leader of R&D in Research Institute for Solvothermal Technology at the Japan Research Institute in Takamatsu, Japan. He graduated in 1985 from Fuzhou University with a degree in Chemistry, in Fuzhou, Fujian Province. In March 1994, he earned his Master’s Degree from Chiba University (Japan), in Education. He earned his Ph.D. at Chiba University in Natural Science Research in March 2000 from the Graduate School of Science and Technology, and extended his experience with Postdoctoral research at Yokohama National University in 2001 in Yokohama, Japan, focusing on Eco-Technology.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Jianming Wu joined Bamboo Tech in Feb. 2011 and has since served as our Chief Operating Officer. From June 2005 to February 2011, he worked in the Zhejiang WeiKang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. as General Manager. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Manager during June, 2003 to May, 2005. He worked for Zhejiang Ruixin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. as a Manager of Technical Department and Quality Control Department during March, 2000 and May, 2003. From September 1990 to February 2000, he served for Zhenan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. as a technician and manager. He graduated from Hangzhou University in June 1998 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He joined an Executive MBA program in China People’s University during 2006 and 2008, and once joined a Pharmaceutical DBA program in Beijing University during 2009 and 2011.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Ningfang Liangbecame our Chief Financial Officer on March 7, 2013. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Liang worked as the Chief Financial Officer at China GengSheng Minerals, Inc. from July 2011 to January 2013. Mr. Liang has over 17 years of finance and accounting experience, including over eight years at U.S. public companies, where he managed SEC reporting, internal controls, U.S. GAAP compliance, internal auditing, financial analysis and management reporting activities. He was the Finance Manager at White Mountains Re Ltd, the reinsurance subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. from December 2008 to June 2011. Additionally, he has held senior finance and accounting positions at American International Group, Inc. from December 2006 to December 2008, Celgene Corporation from January 2005 to December 2006, and China Construction Bank from July 1993 to May 2002. Mr. Liang is a licensed CPA in the states of New Jersey and Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and an MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Qingsong Dong joined Bamboo Tech in March 2010 and has since served as Company Treasurer. From September 2003 to February 2010, he worked in the Kangchao Group Guangzhou Motorcycle Manufacturing Co., Ltd. as an Accountant and Finance Manager. From February 2003 to September, he worked for Zhejiang Kangli Metal Products Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Kangchao Group, as an accountant in Hangzhou. From 1998 to 2002, he worked as Assistant Accountant at Dexing Credit Union, in Dexing City, Jiangxi Province. He graduated from the Jiangxi Academy of Finance in June 1998 in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Board of Directors
Yefang Zhang has been in leadership roles for over a dozen years. She then helped to found Zhejiang Forasen Group Co., LTD in October 2002 and has served as a Board Member since then. From 1997 until 2002, she worked as General Manager at Zhejiang Forasen Food and Stuff Co., LTD. From 1994 to 1997, she served as Vice GM of Lishui Jingning Huali Co., Ltd. From 1991 to 1994, she was a teacher at Wenzhou Huangtan Middle School. From 1990 to 1994, she served on the board of Lishui Farmer’s Economic Committee. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Wenzhou Teacher’s College in July 1991. She earned an Executive MBA from Zhejiang University of Industrial Management in Hangzhou in July 2005. We have appointed Ms. Zhang to be a director due to her strong understanding of our industry and business.