Board of Directors

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Aditya Tim Guleri was appointed to our board of directors on April 3, 2007 as a nominee of Sierra Ventures VIII-A, L.P., Sierra Ventures VIII-B, L.P. and Sierra Ventures Associates VIII, LLC, or the Sierra Ventures entities. He has remained on our board following the lapse of Sierra Ventures entities’ right of nomination upon the completion of our initial public offering in August 2010. Mr. Guleri is a Managing Director of Sierra Ventures. Mr. Guleri’s investment focus is information technology software companies. Additionally, Mr. Guleri has helped to execute Sierra’s India strategy and investments. As a venture capitalist, Mr. Guleri has helped to complete strategic exits from numerous companies including several public companies. Mr. Guleri currently serves on the board of directors of Alpine Data Labs, Hired, LeadGenius, Nexenta, Phenom People, Shape Security, Townsquared, Treasure Data and Zycada. Prior to Sierra, Mr. Guleri founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Octane Software from 1996 to 2000. He successfully led Octane’s merger with Epiphany (Nasdaq: EPNY) in 2000. Before Octane, Mr. Guleri was Vice President of Field Operations at Scopus Technology. Mr. Guleri holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Operating Research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India.

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Cindy Xiaofan Wang was appointed to our board of directors on August 30, 2019, as a nominee of Ctrip. She has served as the chief financial officer of Ctrip since November 2013 and executive vice president since May 2016. Prior to that, she was a vice president of Ctrip since January 2008. Ms. Wang joined Ctrip in 2001 and has held a number of managerial positions at Ctrip. Prior to joining Ctrip, she served as finance manager in China eLabs, a venture capital firm, from 2000 to 2001. Previously, Ms. Wang worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited Company. Ms. Wang has served on the board of directors of Huazhu Group Limited (Nasdaq: HTHT) since January 2018. Ms. Wang received a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Ms. Wang is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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Deep is the Founder and Group Executive Chairman of MakeMyTrip Limited, the holding company of India’s leading travel brands MakeMyTrip, Goibibo and redBus. Launched in India in 2005, MakeMyTrip is today one of the largest e-commerce businesses in the country. Deep steered MakeMyTrip as CEO since its inception in 2000. He took on the role of Group Executive Chairman in February 2020, to pursue strategic initiatives, including product innovation and expansion, geographic growth, business model innovation and corporate development.

Deep served as the President of TiE Delhi Chapter from 2013 to 2016 and continues to serve as an active board member. He is the Vice Chairman of IAMAI and a member of Nasscom’s Internet Council. Deep is also closely involved with leading industry bodies like CII and FICCI as part of their travel & tourism sub-committees. He is one of the founders of Ashoka University and serves on their governing body. A believer in citizens efforts, he is a founding member of ‘I am Gurgaon’—an NGO focused on improving the quality of life in Gurgaon.

Deep has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year—Business Transformation (2011), and as the most powerful Digital influencer in India (2012) by KPMG. TTG Asia awarded him Best Travel Entrepreneur of 2012 at the TTG Travel Awards.

Prior to his entrepreneurial venture with MakeMyTrip, Deep has had corporate stints with GE Capital, AMF Bowling Inc. and ABN AMRO Bank. He holds an MBA degree from IIM, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. His interests include swimming, yoga, adventure sports, quizzing and travelling.

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Gyaneshwarnath Gowrea was appointed to our board of directors on February 11, 2009 and is one of our resident directors in Mauritius. Mr. Gowrea is the chairman of the taxation sub-committee of Global Finance Mauritius, vice chairman of the International Fiscal Association (Mauritius Branch) and an international tax affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He was the managing director of Multiconsult Limited from 2009 to 2011. From 2007 to 2008, he was director of AAA Global Services Ltd. and from 1999 to 2006 he was a manager with Cim Global Business. Mr. Gowrea completed his secondary education at John Kennedy College in Mauritius and holds a Master of Science in Accounting from De Monfort University in Leicester, UK and a Diploma in International Taxation. In addition, he holds various professional qualifications, including being a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, a fellow member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors and a member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, United Kingdom. Mr Gowrea is also a member of the Board of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD) and he also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee of the MIOD.

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James Jianzhang Liang was appointed to our board of directors on January 27, 2016, as a nominee of CTrip. He is one of the co-founders of CTrip and is currently serving as its Chairman of the Board. Prior to founding CTrip, Mr. Liang held a number of technical and managerial positions with Oracle Corporation from 1991 to 1999 in the United States and China, including serving as the Head of the ERP consulting division of Oracle China from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Liang currently serves on the boards of, Tuniu (NASDAQ: TOUR)and SINA (NASDAQ: SINA). Mr. Liang received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also attended an undergraduate program at Fudan University.

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Jane Jie Sun was appointed to our board of directors on August 30, 2019, as a nominee of Ctrip. She has served as the chief executive officer of Ctrip, as well as a member of the board of directors of Ctrip, since November 2016. Prior to that, she was a co-president of Ctrip since March 2015, chief operating officer since May 2012, and chief financial officer from 2005 to 2012. Prior to joining Ctrip, Ms. Sun worked as the head of the SEC and External Reporting Division of Applied Materials, Inc. since 1997. Prior to that, she worked with KPMG LLP as an audit manager in Silicon Valley, California for five years. Ms. Sun is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a State of California Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Sun received her Bachelor’s degree from the business school of the University of Florida with high honors. She also obtained her LLM degree from Peking University Law School.

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Paul Laurence Halpin is an independent director of MakeMyTrip for the purposes of the Nasdaq Stock Market, Marketplace Rules. Mr. Halpin is a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Mr. Halpin held various leadership positions in the financial services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1979 until 2004. Between 2004 to 2011, Mr. Halpin established and sold a number of international healthcare and insurance outsourcing businesses in Mauritius. He also served as a non-executive director on the Board of Investment (Mauritius) between 2005 to 2010. Mr. Halpin currently serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of Gamma Civic Ltd, Kolos Cement Ltd and Lottotech Ltd., which are listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. He also serves as an independent non-executive director of other unlisted companies and funds, including Gamma Construction Ltd, Citicc (Africa) Holdings Ltd, RMB Westport Real Estate Development Fund Ltd and several companies within the Multichoice International Holdings group. Mr. Halpin also serves as the general representative for Lloyd’s of London in Mauritius. Mr. Halpin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin.

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Rajesh Magow is the Co-Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer of MakeMyTrip Limited, the holding company of India’s leading travel brands MakeMyTrip, Goibibo and redBus. As part of the founding team that built MakeMyTrip from the ground up, Rajesh is a believer of India’s digital opportunity and a backer of many young Indian tech companies that are raring to make their mark.

An internet industry veteran with a demonstrated history of working at the intersection of India’s booming consumer technology and tourism sector, Rajesh is passionate about transforming the business using tech and creating disproportionate value for customers. As CEO, Rajesh leads strategy and operations for MakeMyTrip, including the management of all business units within the organization.

Rajesh played a key role in executing a successful merger between MakeMyTrip and Ibibio group. He has also led the initial public offering process of MakeMyTrip, with successful listing on NASDAQ in the US in 2010. Within MakeMyTrip, Rajesh also acts as a mentor to the senior management team and other high-potential team members.

He is a recipient of many awards, including the Bloomberg Award for the Best CFO in India.

Rajesh also serves as an independent Director on the board of Flipkart. He has earlier served as the CFO and acting CEO for the India operations of eBookers.com, now part of Travelport. He started his career with Voltas and has also worked with Aptech Limited and Quantum in senior management positions.

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Xiangrong Li was appointed to our board of directors on September 6, 2019 as an independent director. Ms. Li has served as the deputy general manager and financial controller of Beijing Tourist Hotel (Group) Co. Ltd., a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange since April 2016, following its merger with Homeinns Hotel Group (previously listed on NASDAQ with stock ticker HMIN). Ms. Li was employed with Unilever for various positions from 1993 to 2010, including serving as the financial controller for greater China region from 2007 to 2010. Ms. Li served as the chief financial officer of Hengdeli Holdings Ltd, a company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, from 2010 to August 2014. Ms. Li served as the chief financial officer of Homeinns Hotel Group from August 2014 to April 2016. Ms. Li obtained a graduation certificate for her bachelor’s degree in international accounting jointly awarded by the Shanghai University of Finance and Economic and Shanghai International Studies Institute (now known as Shanghai International Studies University) in July 1993. She obtained a master’s degree in executive management business administration from China Europe International Business School in September 2008 and is now a senior member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of The Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Xing Xiong was appointed to our board of directors on August 30, 2019, as a nominee of Ctrip. He joined Ctrip in April 2013 and is Executive Vice President of Ctrip and the CEO of the Flight Ticket Group and Trip.com. Prior to working at Ctrip, Mr. Xiong held several management positions in the R&D teams of Microsoft and Expedia, including as the Principal Architect of Expedia. Mr. Xiong has over 20 years of management experience in the travel industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Peking University and a master’s degree in computer science from Northeastern University in the United States.