Mr. Xudong Zhang has been an independent director of the Company since April 2018. Mr. Zhang also served as an independent director of Ping An Securities Co., Ltd. From January 2017 to November 2022 and is an independent director of Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining Co., Ltd., a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (stock code: 600988) since January 2022. Mr. Zhang is currently the chairman of Huakong Tsingjiao Information Science (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Mr. Zhang has extensive experiences in the financial services industry. Mr. Zhang served as a private placement service analyst in New England Financial from October 1990 to June 1994, a vice president in BankBoston, N.A. from July 1994 to September 1996, and a managing director of corporate finance department in Koch Industries, Inc. from September 1996 to July 1998. Mr. Zhang subsequently served as the managing director and head of China structured sales in global markets division of Deutsche Bank AG, Hong Kong Branch from March 2007 to August 2009, and the managing director of the fixed income, currency & commodities divisions of Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. from September 2009 to December 2012. He was the chairman of Sapinda Asia Pacific Holdings Limited from July 2014 to September 2016. Mr. Zhang obtained his master’s degree in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University (formerly known as New Hampshire College) in September 1990.