James Jianzhang Liang
Co-founder, Executive Chairman of the Board
James Liang is one of the Co-founders and Executive Chairman of the Board of Trip.com Group Ltd. He was the Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2006 and from 2013 to 2016. Under his visionary leadership, Trip.com Group has achieved great milestones over the years. The company has successfully carried out transitions from offline to online, and from desktop to mobile. Furthermore, Trip.com Group has made strategic investments in key industry players, cultivated and invested in new business ideas, and established industry-leading operational standards and processes. Trip.com Group has grown to become one of the world’s largest online travel agencies. James has been awarded various accolades for his contributions to the travel industry. Some of his recent awards include: 2019 Forbes China Multinational Business Leader, Best CEO in the Internet category in the 2016 All-Asia Executive Team Rankings by Institutional Investor. Currently, James serves as Co-Chairman of Tongcheng-eLong (HKSE:0780) and on the boards of a number of other Internet companies, including Sina (NASDAQ: SINA), and MakeMyTrip (NASDAQ: MMYT). Prior to co-founding Trip.com Group, James held a number of technical and managerial positions at Oracle Corporation from 1991 to 1999, both in the United States and China. He was the head of the ERP consulting division of Oracle China from 1997 to 1999. James received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University and his master's and bachelor's degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also an attendee of the "China Gifted Youth Class" at Fudan University.