GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd. Announces Changes to its Board of Directors
SHANGHAI, China, December 31, 2021 — GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd. (NYSE: GHG) (“GreenTree” or the “Company”), a leading hospitality management group in China, today announced that Mr. Akira Hirabayashi, an independent director on the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”), has resigned from his position, effective December 26, 2021, due to personal reasons.
Prior to his resignation, Mr. Hirabayashi was a member of each of the Board’s audit committee and its nominating and corporate governance committee.
“On behalf of the Company and the Board, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Mr. Akira Hirabayashi, for his extensive contributions and invaluable service since joining the Company as an independent director in 2011,” commented Mr. Alex S. Xu, Chairman and CEO of GreenTree. “We wish him the best of success in his future endeavors.”
The Company today also announced the appointment of Ms. Yanjie (Catherine) Zhu as an independent director of the Company, and as a member of each of the Board’s audit committee and its nominating and corporate governance committee, effective December 31, 2021.
Ms. Yanjie (Catherine) Zhu has served as the finance director of Baozun Inc. (Nasdaq: BZUN and HKEX: 9991) (“Baozun”) since November 2020. Prior to joining Baozun, she served as the finance director for Cue & Co., Group Ltd. and then IBR between April 2018 and October 2020. From September 2016 to February 2018, Ms. Zhu worked as a finance controller with Xperience Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Between March 2013 and September 2016, she worked as a finance manager first with Lend Lease Project Management & Construction (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and then with Porsche Centre Shanghai Waigaoqiao Limited. Prior to that, Ms. Zhu worked as an audit manager with KPMG in its Shanghai office from August 2005 to February 2013. Ms. Zhu received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Shanghai International Studies University in July 2005. Ms. Zhu is a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
About GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd.
GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd. (“GreenTree” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GHG) is a leading hospitality management group in China. As of June 30, 2021, GreenTree had a total number of 4,542 hotels. In 2020, HOTELS magazine ranked GreenTree Top 12 Ranking among 225 largest global hotel groups in terms of number of hotels in its annual HOTELS’ 225. GreenTree was also the fourth largest hospitality company in China in 2020 based on the statistics issued by the China Hospitality Association.
GreenTree has a broad portfolio of diverse brands spanning from the economy to mid-scale, up-scale and luxury segments of the hospitality industry mainly in China. Through its strong membership base, expansive booking network, superior system management with moderate charges, and fully supported by its operating departments including Decoration, Engineering, Purchasing, Operation, IT and Finance, GreenTree aims to keep closer relationships with all of its clients and partners by providing a diverse brand portfolio that features comfort, style and value.
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