Senior Management Team
Liang Zhang is the founder of the Company and has served as the chairman of the Board and the chief executive officer of the Company since it became a public company in 2005. Mr. Zhang is also currently in charge of the marketing and sales function of the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Zhang served as chief executive officer of Synutra Illinois since 2000. Mr. Zhang has worked in the food ingredients industry since the 1980s and founded his first entrepreneurial venture, Honnete Beijing, in the early 1990s. Mr. Zhang received a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature from Nanjing International Relations Institute of China.
Ning "Clare" Cai has served as Synutra's chief financial officer since December 2012. Ms. Cai has thirteen years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking. Prior to joining Synutra, Ms. Cai served as the director of investment analysis at Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) from April 2010 to April 2012 and as the controller of System Group & China region from May 2012 to December 2012. Before that, Ms. Cai worked for nine years at Scotia Capital, the investment banking arm of Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE: BNS). Ms. Cai worked on the execution team in Scotia Capital's San Francisco office where she held progressive positions as associate from 2001 to 2003, associate director from 2003 to 2006 and director from 2006 to 2009, primarily covering the portfolio management and deal execution for the real estate, gaming & leisure, and technology industries. Ms. Cai started her career with Ernst & Young's Shanghai office where she was a staff accountant in the tax group from 1997 to 1999. Ms. Cai earned a Bachelor in Economics from Shanghai International Studies University and an MBA from University of Iowa Tippie Business School. Ms. Cai is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).