Board of Directors
Himanshu H. Shah has served as our chairman of the board since June 2014 and director of the board since November 2013. Mr.Shah is the founder and president of Shah Capital, prior to launching the firm in early 2005, Mr. Shah was Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS. Mr.Shah has more than 23 years of experience in the global capital markets, which is expected to benefit of UTStarcom, its stakeholders and its investors. Mr. Shah received his master of business administration degree from the University of Akron and his bachelor of commerce degree from Gujarat University in India.
Mr. Ti has served as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2016, and as a director of the Board of Directors since November 2016. Mr. Ti brings more than twenty years of business and management expertise to the Company. He previously served as the CEO of Virtual Gateway Labs, Inc., a subsidiary of UTStarcom. Prior to that, Mr. Ti served various roles at UTStarcom, including Senior Vice-President of Advanced Network Architecture Technologies, Senior Vice-President of Research & Development, and General Manager of the Broadband Business Unit. Before joining UTStarcom, Mr. Ti was the Director of Application & Marketing of Advanced Communication Devices Corporation, which was acquired by UTStarcom in 2001. He received a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1993.
Mr. Sean Shao currently serves as (i) independent director and member of the audit committee of Trina Solar Limited, an integrated solar-power products manufacturer and solar system developer listed on the NYSE, since January 2015, (ii) independent director and chairman of the audit committee of: Jumei International Holding Ltd., an e-commerce company listed on NYSE since May 2014; LightInTheBox Holdings Co. Ltd., an e-commerce company listed on NYSE since June 2013; UTStarcom Holdings Corp., a provider of broadband equipment and solutions listed on NASDAQ since October 2012; and China Biologic Products, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company listed on NASDAQ since July 2008, and (iii) independent director and chairman of the nominating committee of Agria Corporation, an agricultural company listed on NYSE since November 2008. He served as the chief financial officer of Trina Solar Limited from 2006 to 2008. In addition, Mr. Shao served from 2004 to 2006 as the chief financial officer of ChinaEdu Corporation, an educational service provider, and of Watchdata Technologies Ltd., a Chinese security software company. Prior to that, Mr. Shao worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd. for approximately a decade. Mr. Shao received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1988 and his bachelor’s degree in art from East China Normal University in 1982. Mr. Shao is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Hong Liang Lu has served as a director since June 1991. Mr. Lu served as Chairman of the Board from March 2003 to December 2006 and from July 2008 to August 2009. From June 1991 until July 2008, Mr. Lu served as our Chief Executive Officer and from June 1991 until July 2007 he also served as our President. In June 1991, Mr. Lu cofounded UTStarcom, Inc. under its prior name, Unitech Telecom, Inc., which subsequently acquired StarCom Network Systems, Inc. in September 1995. From 1986 through December 1990, Mr. Lu served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kyocera Unison, a majority-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. Mr. Lu served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Unison World, Inc., a software development company from 1983 until its merger with Kyocera in 1986. From 1979 to 1983, Mr. Lu served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Unison World, Inc. Mr. Lu holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Xiaoping Li has served as the director since June, 2014, and he has been chairman of the Board since August 2012 and a member of the Board since September 2010. Mr. Li began working to establish Beijing E-Town International Investment and Development Co., Ltd. ("BEIID") in October 2008 and since February 2009 when BEIID was formed, Mr. Li has served as its Executive Deputy General Manager and as a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Li served as Manager of Beijing Economic-Technological Investment & Development Co., Ltd., an investment company established by the Beijing Municipality, from October 2006 to October 2008. Mr. Li was an Advisor to Ministry of Finance on international finance organization projects from July 2004 to October 2006. Mr. Li was a senior researcher in environmental economics at Chinese Academy of Forestry from August 2001 to July 2004. Mr. Li holds a bachelor's degree in forestry, a master's degree in forest economics and has completed all the course requirements to be awarded a doctorate degree in economy and management from Beijing Forestry University.
Mr. Matsumoto has served as an independent director since November, 2014. Mr. Matsumoto is currently a Senior Advisor to Softbank Mobile Corp. and the CEO of Japan Link Corp., a leading consultancy to corporations, carriers and operators worldwide. Throughout his extensive career, Mr. Matsumoto has served as a board director and Chief Strategy Officer of Softbank Mobile. He also represented the company on the board of GSMA (“Global System for Mobile Communications Alliance”) for over five years. Before joining Softbank he served at Qualcomm Inc for more than eight years, as the President and Chairman of Qualcomm Japan, as well as Senior VP of Qualcomm HQ in San Diego. Mr. Matsumoto started his career with the Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corporation working in various positions in the US and Japan. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from Kyoto University in 1962 and is currently a Special Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Global Business at Meiji University, Japan.