Board of Directors

Robert W. Roche, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Robert Roche is Chief Executive Officer of Acorn International (NYSE: ATV) and the executive chairman of the board of directors. Since co-founding the company in 1998, Roche has grown Acorn into a leading media and branding company with an unparalleled track record of developing and marketing some of China’s best known consumer-branded products. Roche founded Acorn with the goal of taking what is best from the world — from product selection, design and quality, to management expertise and global best practices – and bringing it to Chinese consumers. Read more about Robert Roche.


Cosimo Borrelli, Independent Director
Mr. Cosimo Borrelli is an independent director of our company. Mr. Borrelli currently serves as the Managing Director and is a Co-Founder of Borrelli Walsh Limited since September 23, 2006. He previously served as an Executive Director of Alvarez & Marsal Asia Limited from June 29, 2005 until September 22, 2006 and, prior to that, as Executive Director of RSM Nelson Wheeler Corporate Advisory Services Limited in Hong Kong from January 1, 2002 until June 28, 2005. Mr. Borrelli has served as a Director of PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk since March 19, 2014. He serves as an Independent Director of Global Invacom Group Limited (formerly Radiance Group Limited) since December 4, 2009. He served as a Director of ARC Capital Holdings Limited from February 2, 2015 until March 28, 2015. He served as an Independent Director at Jaya Holdings Ltd. from March 31, 2011 until June 30, 2014. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Forefront International Holdings Ltd., from September 8, 2004 to September 22, 2006. Mr. Borrelli holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide, Australia.


Mr. Pierre E. Cohade, Independent Director      
Mr. Pierre E. Cohade, until recently, was the CEO of Triangle Tyre, China’s largest private tire manufacturer. Between 2004 and 2011, Cohade was the president of Goodyear Asia Pacific. Cohade has also served as Senior Advisor to ChinaVest, Wells Fargo’s Investment Bank affiliate in China, as well as the Center for Creative Leadership. In 2003, Group Danone chose Cohade to run its global Walter and Beverage division, based in Paris, France. Cohade started to work for Eastman Kodak in the USA as a financial analyst in 1985 and subsequently held business management and executive positions in Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Singapore and Switzerland. He was named General Manager of Kodak Worldwide Consumer Films in 1996 and assumed leadership of the Asia Pacific region for Kodak’s Consumer business in 1999. Mr. Pierre E. Cohade was named Chairman of Kodak’s Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia Region in 2001. Cohade  is a native of Barcelonnette, France, and he received a degree in business management from the SKEMA business school in Sophia-Antipolis, France, in 1984 and an MBA from the Penn State University in 1985. He resides in Shanghai with his wife Sonoko and their daughter Sophia-Lena, and his grown up children, Arnaud and Alexia, reside in New York.


Mr. David Leung, Independent Director
Mr. David Leung is an independent director of our company. Mr. Leung currently serves as the Senior Director of Finance & Administration at Duke Kunshan University. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan University, Mr. Leung served as the Chief Financial and Business Officer at the Shanghai American School from 2007 to 2013. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Leung served as Vice President at the Tasly Group Co., helping it manage its portfolio of investments in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Leung was with Motorola Hangzhou from 1997 to 2004, where he served as General Manager since 2002 and as Chief Financial Officer since 1997 with the responsibility over the mobile device business. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Leung served as the Chief Financial Officer of AT&T Qingdao, and, before that, Mr. Leung worked for AT&T in finance, network planning, market planning, and new business development roles. Mr. Leung received his bachelor’s degrees both in applied mathematics and political economy from the University of California in Berkeley, his master’s degree in accounting and financial management from the Keller Graduate School of Management and his master of business administration from Rutgers University. Mr. Leung is a certified public accountant and a certified School Business Administrator in the U.S.


Mr. David Naphtali, Independent Director
Mr. David Naphtali is an independent director of our company. Mr. Naphtali currently serves as the Managing Director at Madison Pacific Trust Limited and has over 10 years of experience working on corporate advisory and mergers and acquisition assignments in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Madison Pacific in 2014, Mr. Naphtali was a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting where he specialized in corporate advisory and M&A and undertook strategic advisory engagements for a number of media entertainment companies in both Asia and Australia. Mr. Naphtali has significant experience in managing a variety of transactions involving both distressed and non-distressed assets from both a legal and commercial / financial perspective in numerous jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Singapore and Australia. Mr. Naphtali is also a director of Rampersand Investment Fund No. 1, an Australian based venture capital fund. Mr. Naphtali is a qualified lawyer. Mr. Naphtali obtained a BA and LLB (Hons) degree from Deakin University, Australia, in 1997.


Mr. Eric Haibing Wu, Independent Director
Mr. Eric Haibing Wu has over 20 years of experience in finance. He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the United States from May 2000 to February 2006 and later worked as a senior manager in the assurance department of PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited Company from February 2006 to October 2007. Since October 2007, he has been serving as the chief financial officer of Plateno Hotels Group (formerly known as 7 Days Group Holdings Limited). Mr. Wu graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (上海交通大學) with a bachelor’s degree in economics in July 1994 and received a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University in May 2000. Mr. Wu is currently a non-executive independent director of Zhong Ao Home Group Ltd, a company listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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