Management

Nangeng Zhang
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Zhang has 11 years of experience in electronic device design, engineering, manufacturing, quality control and research and development and is responsible for formulating and overseeing its overall development strategies and operations. Before founding Canaan, Mr. Zhang was an assistant researcher at the Beijing Remote Sensing and Communication Technology Institution, a research institution which specializes in research and development and production and marketing of antenna, detector, photoelectric measuring equipment and mid-wave infrared camera, from August 2005 to July 2008. Mr. Zhang received a bachelor’s degree in electronic information engineering and a master’s degree in software engineering from Beihang University. From September 2010 to October 2013, Mr. Zhang was pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Beihang University.

James Cheng
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Cheng has more than 20 years of experience in financial planning and management. Prior to joining Canaan, Mr. Cheng served as a Vice President for Zhaopin.com, a career platform in China formerly listed on the NYSE, from September 2015 to July 2021. Between September 2013 to September 2015, Mr. Cheng worked as the Director of Finance for Lenovo’s China and Asia Pacific Division. From February 2005 to August 2013, Mr. Cheng held several managerial roles at Nokia China, such as senior sales finance controller. From March 2003 to January 2005, Mr. Cheng worked as a demand planning manager at Effem Foods Beijing, a Mars company. Mr. Cheng obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2000, his MBA degree from the BiMBA program at Peking University in 2014, and his Master of Science in Global Finance degree from Fordham University in New York in 2014. Mr. Cheng has been a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) since 2016 and a fellow member of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) since 2019.

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