Robert W. Roche, Chairman
Robert Roche is Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Acorn International (NYSE: ATV). 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.
Mr. Pierre E. Cohade, Lead 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.
Ms. Jenny Hseau-Jean Wang, Independent Director
Ms. Wang has over 30 years of experience in executive management, finance and business strategy for the Asia Pacific operations of several high-profile multinational organizations. From 2012 to 2013, Ms. Wang served as Senior Vice President for TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics) where she led China operations with a focus on growth through good corporate governance and strategic positioning. From 2005 to 2012, Ms. Wang led the growth of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Asia, most recently in the role of Vice President, Investment and Business Development, Asia Pacific. From 2004 to 2005, she served as CFO and Vice President of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Company (SMIC), one of the world’s largest semiconductor foundries. From 1993 to 2003, she served in various executive and finance positions for Motorola’s Asia operations. Prior to that, she served as a Tax Manager at Arthur Andersen in the U.S. Ms. Wang is currently focused on community service in youth development and family and business financial planning in China. Ms. Wang has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Taiwan Providence University, a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant in the US. Ms. Wang is fluent in Mandarin and English.
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. Urs P. Zimmerman, Independent Director
Mr. Zimmermann brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to his role at Acorn, gained from spending more than 12 years working in multiple countries in Asia. Since April of 2015 he has served as the Senior Director and Country Head of DKSH China, a leading Swiss Market Expansion Service provider with a strong global brand portfolio focused on Asia. From May 2013 to March 2015 Mr. Zimmerman served as Country Head and Interim Manager in Thailand for IngenioCorp Co. Ltd., a logistics and supply chain solutions provider. Prior to that, Mr. Zimmerman held various executive roles in Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific Region with some of the world’s leading logistics and supply chain management and healthcare companies. During his time in Asia, he held several Senior Director positions, including Regional CFO Asia in Hong Kong and had the responsibility for business development in several Asian countries. Born and raised in Switzerland, Mr. Zimmermann speaks German, English, French and is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese. He holds a Federal Certificate in Commerce and Administration in Switzerland. He gained his professional qualification through management courses from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne with a focus on business strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance and leadership and holds an executive MBA from the IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.