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Board of Directors

Alex Yao
Alex Yao
Chairman
Alex Yao is the Chief Executive Officer of Sun Seven Stars’ majority controlled fintech and digital finance arm, as well as Managing Partner of Long March Capital, an investment management and advisory firm focused on mining and infrastructure. Mr. Yao has tremendous experience in private equity investments in energy, commodities, consumer financing and technology.  He founded Long March Capital, a platform which focuses on the acquisition and consolidation of the global precious metals industry (gold and PGM). Through the platform, Mr. Yao has worked with numerous large state-owned enterprises and financial institutions to successfully close numerous cross-border landmark acquisitions.  In addition to his role in Long March, Mr. Yao is also the President of Changan Holdings (Group) Co.  Changan is involved with investment in consumer finance, credit platform, financial technology- as well as works with policy banks to strategize on Inclusive Finance to provide financing services to SMEs. Mr. Yao currently holds posts as Director of Zhongfei Xinyin Investment  Management Limited, Vice chairman of Guan Tian Investment Co., Ltd., Director of Guan Tian International Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., and Vice Chairman of Wenzhou Kang'er Glass Ceramics Co., Ltd.
Richard Frankel
Richard Frankel
Executive Vice Chairman 
Alfred Poor
Alfred Poor
President
Alf Poor is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Ideanomics and President of the Connecticut Fintech Village. Former Chief Operating Officer at Global Data Sentinel, a cybersecurity company that specializes in identity management, file access control, protected sharing, reporting and tracking, AI and thread response, and backup and recovery. He is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Agendize, a company whose integrated suite of apps that help businesses generate higher quality leads, improve business efficiency and customer engagement. Alf is a client-focused and profitability-driven management executive with a track record of success at both rapidly-growing technology companies and large, multi-national, organizations.
Brett McGonegal
Brett McGonegal
Director
Brett McGonegal is the CEO of Ideanomics. Most recently, he was a founding member and CEO of Hong Kong investment bank The Reorient Group (376HK), where he developed the Group’s investment banking business. Prior to Reorient, Brett was co-head of equity sales and trading at Cantor Fitzgerald in Hong Kong. In that role, he pioneered execution trading in Hong Kong. He also was responsible for the development of the firm’s corporate finance/investment banking capabilities. Before Hong Kong, he was a Senior Managing Director at Charles Schwab Capital Markets and helped build a large-scale institutional sales and trading platform that was sold to UBS in 2003.  Brett is a frequent guest on Bloomberg and CNBC TV.
Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon
Independent Director
Mr. Shane McMahon is an independent member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Shane is an American businessman and professional wrestler who is a part of the owner family of WWE and the vice-chairman of Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc, formerly Wecast Holdings Inc. He is currently the on-screen commissioner of WWE's weekly television show SmackDown Live. McMahon is a fourth generation wrestling promoter as a member of the McMahon family.
Yang Chao
Yang Chao
Independent Director
  • Mr. Chao was appointed President of China Life Insurance Group in 2005, going on to become both Chairman of The Board of China Life Insurance Company Limited and China Life Property & Casualty Insurance Company Limited, respectively.
  • A native of Shanghai, Mr. Chao graduated from the Shanghai International Studies University, majoring in English and Business Administration, and subsequently earned his MBA from Middlesex University in London, England.
Jin Shi
Independent Director
  • Managing Director of Chum Capital Group, a merchant banking firm that invests in and advises growth Chinese companies.
  • Founder and President of Pharmasource, Inc.
  • CEO of China Growth Equity Investment Ltd., which merged with Pingtan Marine Enterprise (Nasdaq: PME), the largest privately owned ocean fishing company of China.
Jim Cassano
Jim Cassano
Independent Director

Jim Cassano is a three-time CEO with over a decade of experience. Jim is an independent Board member of Ideanomics, and consults to a number of private entrepreneurial ventures. Jim advises companies and brings with him experience as a General Partner in private equity partnerships and a venture capital company with substantial M&A experience, joint ventures, and creating strategic alliances. Jim also brings with him hands-on experience in finance, internet software, entertainment, publishing, pharmaceutical, biotech services, and engineering in the US, Europe, China and the Middle East. 

 

Jian Ren (Jerry) Fan
Independent Director
  • Managing Director and Country Manager for the Greater China region at Analog Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADI)
  • Worked for Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) for 15 years in a number of senior management roles, including Sales Managing Director for Cisco China, Sales Director for Cisco Australia and Senior Manager for Operations and Strategy for the Cisco Service Provider business based in Hong Kong.
  • Graduated from Fudan University with a Computer Science Bachelor degree and an Executive MBA degree from CEIBS (China European International Business School.